Most recently, I’ve begun my day in a way that hasn’t been the norm. I’ve begun by asking God for wisdom. Now, normally I pray for help and strength and answers to questions of direction on a given project. But now I begin like Solomon did by asking for wisdom. So why wisdom?
Wisdom tops the list of attributes of great people. Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that ultimately they want their children to be wise rather than simply have knowledge. Wisdom is different than knowledge. Knowledge portends static facts about life as exampled in this letter from an elderly dad to his kids:
“Dear kids. Over my lifetime I’ve come to realize certain things about life. Here is my list:
- There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
- Never lick a steak knife.
- Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
- You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
More seriously though,
- You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
- The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
- A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
- Your friends love you anyway.
- Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”
Wisdom goes much deeper that simple statements on the evidences of life. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and the discernment of knowing right from wrong. Wisdom is also only given to those with a peaceful, gentle and humble heart because once you use wisdom for selfish ambition, it becomes dead.
So how do you become wise?
- Ask for it. When you pray, simply ask the Creator to give you wisdom so that you can make other people’s lives better. He will give it and bless it in and through your life. (For an example, Click Here).
- Wait for it. When I was teaching my son how to drive a car I would find myself saying “slow down around the curves.” (He had a tendency to speed up and almost flip the car). Most of the decisions we need to make are not on the spot, speedy, life-or-death decisions. When you are needing to determine a course of action, slow down around the curve and dig deep for God’s wisdom to guide you.
- Apply it. Once you ask for it and then wait for it, you need to apply it. Remember that knowledge finds its victory in action. Once wisdom has determined what you should do, DO IT! Your team, family, community group will respect you for it and they will benefit from your wisdom.
Question: How would you define “wisdom?”