Who wants to be foolish? Silly question, right? The irony is that even though it may sound ridiculous, that is exactly what we are if we don’t actively seek and aggressively pursue wisdom. No matter how smart, intelligent or well educated you may be, without wisdom and understanding from God, it means nothing. Wisdom doesn’t come from a one time prayer or a book. Wisdom comes from making, submitting to, and serving God a lifestyle. By prayerfully reading God’s Word, meditating on it, memorizing it and asking Holy Spirit to open your heart to what it is saying.
The second part of wisdom is putting it into action. We can be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Word of God but if we don’t follow it or do what it says, it will be of no value to us. The Bible tells us in Matthew 4 that even Satan knows what the Word of God says. King David’s son, King Solomon, was the wisest man in the world but he did not apply it to his marital relationships. In 1 Kings 11, the Bible tells us he had 700 wives, 300 concubines and they led him astray and “turned his heart after other gods”. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Word are life changing, however, our lives are only changed to the extent we are wiling to let it be and surrender to His authority.
Read your Bible daily. Determine to pick it up first thing in the morning before you pick up social media. Spend time in prayer and worship. Ask the Lord to lead and guide you each day by the power of the Holy Spirit so that you can actively live out the wisdom He gives you each day.
Wisdom. It’s the real flex.
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. ~ Proverbs 4:5-8
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. ~ James 3:13-15, 17 NIV
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~ Psalms 119:105 NIV