We live in a society where information is literally at the tips of our fingers. If we need knowledge about anything, all we need to do is ask Google. They call our “age” the Information Age. And, I think most people would agree that we do not lack for information – if anything we suffer from too much information!
But, in a culture with information overload, why is it that so many lack wisdom?
As a young, 30 year old, I realize that I am definitely not a wisdom expert. However, I am stirred up lately because I live in a generation with many people who have lots of knowledge about many things, but many times lack the wisdom to apply that knowledge.
Obtaining knowledge is easy, compared to the discipline of wisdom.
Many have made it their pursuit to gain knowledge, which is great. But, knowledge is not the finish line. Knowledge is just means to wisdom. The true pursuit should be to gain wisdom.
Knowledge is defined simply as “knowing something”. Wisdom is simply defined as “skillful knowledge – knowing how to apply knowledge to various areas of life”.
Knowledge is knowing what is right. Wisdom is doing what is right
For example, a nursing student would be expected to have lots of knowledge about how to draw blood. They would have knowledge about the location of different veins, different types of needles, and methods for drawing blood. But, all that knowledge is useless if they do not know how to apply that knowledge and actually successfully draw blood. Knowledge applied (wisdom) in this case is drawing blood well in various different situations.
It is the same in the life of a Christian …
It is great that we know that God loves us and that He has good plans for us. It is great to know that the Word of God is a light to our path and that the Holy Spirit leads us and guides us. But all that knowledge is useless if we do not know how to apply that knowledge and actually hear God’s voice and actually do what the Bible says to do.
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.Proverbs 4:5-7
The pursuit of wisdom has benefits.
The whole book of Proverbs is an advertisement for the pursuit of wisdom, because the pursuit of wisdom has benefits! These are just some of the benefits of wisdom found in Proverbs 3-4…
- Wisdom makes you a happy person (Proverbs 3:13)
- Wisdom brings you a profit better than silver and gold (Proverbs 3:14)
- Wisdom will give you paths of peace (Proverbs 3:17)
- Wisdom will preserve you (Proverbs 4:6)
- Wisdom will promote you and bring you honor (Proverbs 4:8)
- Wisdom will makes the years of our life be many (Proverbs 4:10)
So, how do we get more wisdom?!
1. Fear the Lord!
The primary way to grow in wisdom is to fear the Lord (Proverbs 9:10)! Do you want to grow in wisdom? Then, start elevating and valuing God’s view of your life more than you value people’s view of your life. Pleasing man (aka: the fear of man) is the #1 distractor from living a life of wisdom.
2. Read and Do the Word.
Biblical knowledge is the first step to wisdom and understanding. So read the Bible, listen to podcasts, read good Bible-based books. Once you have heard the Word of God, you must then be a doer of the Word! When it comes to the Word of God – just do it!
3. Practice Hearing and Obeying the Holy Spirit’s Voice
Be intentional to zoom into on the voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart. Recognize, perceive, and yield to promptings of the Holy Spirit.
4. Listen to the Right People
Be picky with what voices you allow to influence you. Counsel is important, use discretion when choosing who to listen to (Prov. 11:14 – multitude of counselors there is safety)
5. Ask God for More Wisdom!
God promises to grant us wisdom if we asks for it (James 1:5)! “God, increase and multiple the wisdom in our lives so we can glorify you in all that we do!”
It is not easy to live a life of Godly wisdom and discretion, BUT it is the BEST life to live! God will help you and bless you on this journey! Let’s be people who pursue Godly wisdom through a healthy fear of the Lord.
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.James 1:5 NIV