Wisdom is the ability to discern and exercise good judgment and it is developed by experience — well in most cases. We are told by James that “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (Jam 1:5). The requirement is that we ask in faith, doubting nothing.
I got ahold of this scripture about half a year ago, and I made it part of my daily devotions. In the last number of months, I have faced some very difficult decisions in my Christian experience and I really needed God’s direction in what to do.
In my offline journal, I have a list of areas that I need more wisdom in. Here are a few of them.
–Wisdom on how to be a better husband.
–Wisdom on how to win souls.
–Wisdom on how to deal with all my spiritual needs.
–Wisdom on how to know which of my spiritual needs are the more important.
–Wisdom on how to be a better Christian example.
I think you get the idea. We don’t want to feel self-sufficient, we need to feel needy. Leaning on our own understanding will cause failures. We need understanding from God.
The wisdom that comes from God is pure, peaceful, gentle, easy to be entreated, merciful, full of good fruits, impartial, and without hypocrisy (Jam 3:17). This kind of wisdom is only to be found with the humble (but with the lowly is wisdom Pro 11:2). These are the kind of fruits we should all be longing and praying for.
Those that feel self-sufficient and are not depending on God will tend to be contentious, harsh, not easily entreated, unmerciful, have bad fruit, be partial, and even in some cases be hypocritical.
Questions to consider:
–When is the last time you prayed for wisdom?
–Why do you think you have not been praying for wisdom?
–Will you start making this a part of your regular devotions?
–How will you remind yourself so you don’t forget?
Here are 53 references to wisdom in Proverbs.