Do you have wisdom?
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Job 28:28 And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, an d to depart from evil is understanding.’”
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Do you feel like you’re wise? Are you confident you have wisdom? I think we all have a manner of wisdom. We know if we don’t pay our bills, wisdom dictates, that someone will come and remove us from the item, whether it be a home, a vehicle. May you learned that through experience, or perhaps listening to parents and learning the responsibility of taking care of yourself.
We need wisdom and it helps us stay safer. For instance, wisdom has shown us if we put a hand in a fire or something hot, we will get burned and it will be unpleasant for a while. There are a lot of reasons to gain wisdom, and we seem to gain more with age, thankfully.
But when Solomon was promoted from son to king, he asked God for wisdom to lead the people and to interact with others—all others. He wanted to treat other royals and leaders with respect and wisdom, to discern if they were deceiving him and perhaps leading the kingdom into danger. Certainly with the two women arguing over the one child left after the other died, his decision to have the child divided into two, revealed the child’s true mother. In fact, it was Solomon who penned the initial proverbs, writing, “to know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—a wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.” Proverbs 1: 2-6
He asked for wisdom and God gave him wisdom, and I believe he used and ruled with wisdom initially. But he began to slide further and further from God and the commandments. He thought he was as wise as God, and “entitled” to all he wanted. Solomon became haughty, arrogant, and more and more sinful.
I seek wisdom and guidance from God’s word. Sometimes, I have to search repeatedly before I see the answer, but it is there, just as it promises. ‘Seek and you will find.’ We need to seek God’s wisdom so we don’t make dumb mistakes. He will guide us but we need to search for His answer in our life. That is developing wisdom.
It’s a process growing wisdom, and I am glad I am on this path for me and ‘mybellaviews.’