Growing in Godly Wisdom
Godly wisdom begins by first taking God seriously and at His Word, and then by asking God for wisdom, and then by being settled with where you are and with who you are. Accepting the you that you are now. And then, to begin an improvement on yourself, while all the time accepting who we are now. Loving yourself is not a sin, it is a requirement for a fruitful Godly life. Proverbs 19:8
Wisdom understands that our happiness does not lie in getting the universe to bow to our demands, as a matter of fact, wisdom understands that the opposite is true. Wisdom understands that change takes place when we strive to make that change within ourselves. We will be drawn to those that possess the character traits that we desire within ourselves. Birds of a feather, so to speak.
Proverbs 1:2 says that wisdom instructs, so we must strive to be good listeners and good learners.
Let's say you want a mate. What are you looking for in a mate? Is it kindness? Good looks? Gentleness? Faithfulness? Whatever your desire in a mate, with the help of God, begin to seek the development of that fruit within yourself. You want a mate that is attentive? Begin practicing attentiveness within yourself. You will become proficient in what true attentiveness looks like and you will not be deceived by someone that feigns attentiveness just to impress you. Focus more on becoming the right person than on finding the right person. Wisdom comes with spending time with the Lord and seeking to develop the fruits of the Spirit, within yourself.
Proverbs 3:13 says that when we find wisdom, we can find happiness. And a happy Christian is a productive and an attractive Christian. And a productive and attractive Christian is a wonderful asset to the Kingdom of God.
Solomon asked God for wisdom because He was smart enough to know that wisdom was a primary key to running a successful kingdom. Wisdom brings with it understanding, and understanding aids in submission and surrender to God and His Will.
Wisdom develops within us a more divine balance in our life. Because wisdom knows when to speak and when to be silent. When to step forward or backward and when to stay still. When to step out in war and when to keep peace. When to hold on and when to let go. When to give in and when to stand your ground. When to receive and when to give. When to throw away and when to keep. Well, you get the message.
When we spend time in studying God's Word and in prayer, we become more 'familiar' with wisdom. Then, we are able to discern wisdom outside of prayer and study time. Godly wisdom becomes easily recognizable to our trained up spirit. We will readily recognize Godly wisdom within others and we can avoid being guided by and wasting time on worldly wisdom.
Wisdom is not the knowledge itself, but the application of knowledge. Wisdom is what we do with the knowledge that we possess. Just as belief and faith differ .. belief is what we decide to allow into our minds and faith is acting on that belief. So it is with knowledge and wisdom .. from information we gather knowledge and from knowledge we make a conscious decision on the facts. And what we do with those facts, is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:16 says that wisdom is to be desired above all earthly valuable things. Which makes perfect sense. Without wisdom, squandering will become the nature and waste will be the norm. A person with riches and without wisdom is a person that will soon lose their riches. When asking for and seeking wisdom, be prepared for the sorrow that can accompany the knowledge attained through understanding. And know that though darkness comes, so does the day. And though winter is a season, so is spring and do not fear seeking more wisdom.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. -Baltasar Gracian-
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. - Albert Ellis -
Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. - Doris Day -
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein -