To begin with, I want to share what we need to avoid when we are on the road to gain wisdom. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:21 that “Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.” Folly comes when we substitute things in this world for the promises that are in the Bible. Athletes get joy when they win. People in business get joy when they make a profit. Musicians get joy when they make a hit song. All these things bring happiness for a moment. However, true joy comes when we obtain the wisdom that comes from seeking God.
In Proverbs 9:10 it says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One in understanding.” When we fear the Lord we are showing respect and reverence. Wisdom comes when we have a healthy fear and a right relationship with God.
Another way to get wisdom is to be humble. Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom”
Humility is a way to build on our wisdom. The proud person doesn’t like to admit they might be wrong and they are not open to change or growth. The humble person understands they need to rely on God and are willing to see their mistakes and want to change and grow.
There is great wisdom in humility because it recognizes the truth about God, This humility is an important foundation for true wisdom.
Getting wisdom is wonderful but we can’t stop with just being wise. Matthew 7:24 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”Jesus shares what is on His heart about having wisdom. Godly wisdom is about hearing and doing God’s Word. First, we read or hear the Words of God. Next, we use discernment of what we have heard and apply it to work its self out in our lives.
The last part is probably the easiest. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.