Wisdom Series 02

WE ALL NEED WISDOM, SO WHERE CAN I GET IT?

Do you need to make an important decision?  Are you unsure about the options that are in front of you?  Anytime that we have been at one of those intersections in life wondering which way to proceed, and there have been many, we have needed wisdom. 

Wisdom can be defined as:

1.       Wisdom is Doing today what I won’t regret tomorrow

2.       Wisdom is the most beneficial use of knowledge 

3.       Wisdom is Seeing and responding to life’s situations from God’s frame of reference 

 

Where do I get wisdom?

“The starting point for acquiring wisdom is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God. To receive the revelation of the Holy One,[a] you must come to the one who has living-understanding”.  Proverbs 9:10 The Passion Translation

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom   all those who practice it have a good understanding.  His praise endures forever!” Psalm 111:10 ESV

The fear of the Lord is simply:  Be aware of Jesus, in awe of His presence.  Jesus is with you all the time, everywhere. 

 

Read this passage from the Bible, that talks about wisdom and where we find it.   Focus on the highlighted verses, then answer the 3 questions below.

Proverbs 8 The Message (MSG)

8:1-11 Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling?  Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?
She’s taken her stand at First and Main, at the busiest intersection.
Right in the city square where the traffic is thickest, she shouts,
“You—I’m talking to all of you, everyone out here on the streets!
Listen, you idiots—learn good sense! You blockheads—shape up!
Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well,  I’m telling you how to live at your best.
My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth—  I can’t stand the taste of evil!
You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.
You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds; truth-ready minds will see it at once.
Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money,  and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.
For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.

8:12-21 “I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity; Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,  whose ways I hate with a passion— pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics;   I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.
With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly; With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority. I love those who love me; those who look for me find me.
Wealth and Glory accompany me—also substantial Honor and a Good Name.
My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk— at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me , filling their arms with life—armloads of life.”

1.        What is your intersection?  What decision do you need to make?  What are your options?  Write them down.

2.        Are you hearing wisdom?  What is the noise that is blocking you from clearly hearing?   Can you silence the noise, so you can hear wisdom?  Often the noise is the negative internal narrative that we keep rehearsing.  Maybe it is other people’s opinion that is creating noise and blocking the door that God wants to open for you.  Write down what is preventing you from hearing the voice of wisdom calling to you.

3.       What are you in “awe” of?   Are you aware of God’s love and His great plan that He has for your life?  Moments of awareness can become a lifetime of wisdom. So many stories in the New Testament where people had a momentary encounter with Jesus as they became aware that He was nearby and it turned their lives right-side-up!

 

Grow in wisdom by becoming a better listener. Get rid of the noise (which only serves to distract and confuse), and be aware and in touch with Jesus in your life. 

I have many times found Jesus speaking to me through the Bible, or leading me through the peace that I feel about a certain decision, or through the words of wise friends and counselors or through opportunities that are opening up for me that I know only He could have made happen.  He is always speaking, I am just not always listening. 

     

 Did you know that the same letters that are in the word listen are also in the word silent?  Yeah that got me too!