Hello Wave Collective,
I shared this message recently at Wave Church and know it will also bless you.
Meditating on wisdom from the scriptures is a good thing to do. As believers and leaders in our communities we need the wisdom of God in our daily lives.
- Wisdom is rare and hard to find
- Wisdom isn’t common
- Wisdom is more than being street smart
- Wisdom is highly valuable
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”
Proverbs 3:13-18 NIV
Wisdom brings peace, pleasantness, honor, riches, and long life. It is more valuable than silver, gold or jewels and readily available to us.
Here are a few thoughts on wisdom:
- DON’T TRUST YOUR OWN EYES
“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
Proverbs 12:15 NIV We can choose to do what seems right to us, versus listening to wise counsel from others with areas of our lives such as our finances, big life decisions, as well as life’s problems. How many of us have made decisions that were not Godly decisions – and it has cost us…
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Proverbs 27:6 NKJV
We need people in our lives with Godly wisdom. We need to know the difference between what seems right and what Godly wisdom says. I’m sure that we all have instances where listening to friends has helped us make the right decision.
- HEARING AND PRACTICING GOD’S WORD BUILDS WISDOM
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 NKJV Being in the House of God, listening to the word of God brings the wisdom of God. ““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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.””
Matthew 7:24-27 NIV Being in church helps you build your life prepared for storms! The devil will do anything to stop you coming to church.
- WISDOM HAS GOOD COMPANIONS
When it comes to family, you don’t get to choose your parents or siblings, but you can choose your companions.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Proverbs 13:20 NIV
We have to know the law of association – know who the wise are and walk with them. We can be better, stronger and wiser because of the people we choose to walk with.
- WISDOM CHOOSES ADDITIONAL FAMILY
Regardless of your family, you choose what and who you relate to.
“Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and to insight, “You are my relative.””
Proverbs 7:4 NIV
- WISDOM IS DECISIVE
Decide who your wisdom is coming from. You won’t get it from social media or some big star – you will get it from God!
“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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
James 1:5-8 NIV
- WISDOM STARTS BY HAVING A HEALTHY FEAR OF GOD
Wisdom doesn’t end with having a healthy fear of God. We as a nation need to have a healthy fear of God. Dave Barton did research on the tests children took years ago before we took God out of our schools and our education has gone downhill since. We are wise because we are sitting under the teachings of God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 NIV
When we fail to listen to God’s word and let His word weigh in on our lives, we reap what we sow.
I pray these few powerful words will encourage and inspire you to seek God’s wisdom.