How to Attain Wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Would you like to be wise? I can’t imagine that your answer would be NO so I’ll rephrase the question. Are you wise? Throw out the modesty and give an honest answer to the question.
Wisdom is defined as the ability to discern or judge what is true or right. It is the practice of common sense and good judgment. Those who possess wisdom have the ability to analyze and rightly handle complex and stressful circumstances.
God promises that we can have wisdom when we encounter difficult circumstances simply by asking God. James instructs, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all.” The greatest wisdom of all, that which comes from God, is available to every Christian. In fact, the only real, good, and right wisdom originates in the mind of God.
All wisdom requires a source from which we gain values and life principles. For the Christian the pipeline for wisdom runs directly from God. To access the source you must first enter into a right relationship with God by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. You then enter into a state of awe, respect, reverence, and fear of God in which you acknowledge that only God’s way is the right way. In fact, the bible defines wisdom as “the fear of the Lord.”(Job 28:28) When reduced to the most basic of basics wisdom is obedience to God. Again from Job 28:28, “The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”
When you ask God for wisdom, as instructed by James, you can know that God will never give you information that contradicts His word. The fastest and most direct route to a right decision is to always seek to honor God with your obedience. Once you have tested your choices by the word of God and you are certain that there is no conflict, then you can proceed with confidence. Bathe your decision process in prayer and trust God to show you the way that is best for you. Don’t be surprised if He gives you a variety of choices. Make your decision in faith without doubt. God will honor and support your choice because you put Him first. “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6)
My grandmother used to tell me a story about how she made the decision to marry my grandfather. When he asked her to marry him she didn’t immediately say “yes.” She told him that she would pray about it and then give an answer. Her prayer involved asking God to reveal what He would have her do through a sign. If there was sunshine the following day then she would take that as a sign to accept his proposal. If it rained then it would be a sign from God she should not marry him. The following day there was a heavy downpour. However, she determined to ignore the sign and marry him anyway. It was a decision that resulted in years of unhappiness.
As you look back over your life do you have any regrets? Are there some things you would have handled differently? Is there something about today’s situation that could have been better if you had acted wisely in the past? What went wrong? What was your mistake? Could it be that your mistakes resulted from either failing to seek God’s wisdom or refusing to obey His word?
When you have heard from God on a matter don’t foolishly refuse His wise counsel. Spare yourself a future of hurt and heartache. You are only truly wise when you obey God.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Insure God’s Guidance in Your Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.