“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.And in all your getting, get understanding.”Proverbs 4:7 NKJV
David taught Solomon as a young boy that seeking God’s wisdom was the most important choice he could make. Solomon learned the lesson well. When God appeared to Solomon to fulfil any request, Solomon chose wisdom above all else. We should also make God’s wisdom our first choice. We don’t have to wait for God to appear to us. We can boldly ask him for wisdom today through prayer. James 1:5 assures us that God will grant our request.
“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.”James 1:5 NKJV
The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics:
(1) It is practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. It is not a wisdom isolated from suffering and trials. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. Intelligence will allow someone to describe several reasons why the car broke down. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action.
(2) It is divine. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God’s direction, and results in the ability to tell right from wrong. It is a wisdom that James will describe at length in chapter 3.
(3) It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:1-7). ( Tyndal Study Bible )
“Wisdom is the principal thing;” These words above are incredible. I think of daily life”s, what do we do to empower ourselves wisdom? I am 59 and many days feel I it know it all. That is so far from the truth. Think off this for a moment.
I was listening to radio interview; the commentators were talking about Warren Buffet. We all know his claim to fame is his immense wealth and extraordinary business brain. An interesting comment was that Warren made most of his money after the age of 60. He is currently 85 years old. This past weekend he hosted a conference with 35000 people in attendance. At 85 wow. So my question is, do you think he stopped empowering himself after 60 with wisdom. I don’t believe.
Everyday opportunities present themselves to empower ourselves with knowledge. In this fast paced world we live in we don’t take the time to enable ourselves, with wisdom. Apart from business what our biggest challenges are life and relationships. The Bible God’s Word is filled with wisdom in this area. All we need to do is take the time to study it.
“Lord I thank you for Your wisdom. Amen.”