Have you ever wondered?
How can I get wisdom from God?
“Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding,” says Proverbs 4:7 HCSB. The book of Proverbs contrasts the wise and the foolish and tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pro.9:10). So we get wisdom when we learn to live in the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is a reverence for Him that has a great impact on the way we live. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshiping Him in awe. We find the wisdom of God in His written Word. Following God’s testimonies has a way of “making wise the simple” (Ps.19:7). We become wise when we study the Word and apply it to our lives. We grow in wisdom and can safely navigate the pitfalls of this world when we have the Bible as our guide. We also develop wisdom when we learn from our mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but the difference between the wise and the foolish is that wise people learn their lessons and don’t repeat the sin. Fools rush back in over and over, puzzled as to why they keep getting the same results. Wisdom involves seeing life from God’s perspective and acting accordingly. We must remove the shackles of earth-bound thinking and purpose to see life through a bigger lens. Life is not about us. It is about God. Those wanting to get wisdom from God are going to have to reject so-called wisdom from other sources. Those with worldly thinking will always advise against true, godly wisdom. James 1:5 promises that, when we need wisdom, we need only ask of God, and He will give it to us. But we must ask in faith with plans to obey (James 1:6). Many people want God’s wisdom, but then they want to weigh it against their own understanding and decide for themselves whether or not they will follow it. But Proverbs 3:5–6 warns us not to lean on our own understanding. Rather, we are to trust in the One who knows all things, including the end from the beginning. He is the One who has our best interests at heart.