The Way Of Wisdom

Introduction To Wisdom

Having wisdom and knowledge is a secret not only to success but to your destiny. It has been quoted that he who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool – stay away from him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a child – teach him. They who know and know not that they know is asleep – wake them. He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise person – follow him.

Wisdom is the human quality that enables planning and successful achievement of a desired goal. It is expressed as a technical skill or practical instruction. The Bible tells us the value of wisdom; wisdom is priceless! Wisdom leads to life, it brings prosperity, gives security and touches the whole person. The result of wisdom is watchfulness and the right action.

Faith wins battles, wisdom builds homes. Faith is very important. Without faith, no one can please God. Through faith, we are saved by grace. Faith helps us to trust in God and go through difficult things. Many Christians grow in their faith and trust in God but they lack wisdom. That is why they win battles but they cannot build anything. They win battle by faith but don’t have the wisdom to build their family, walk in good health, or prosper. Their lives resemble the constant need of a miracle instead of the sign of God’s blessings. This is why we need to know the way of wisdom.

Wisdom Is God’s Principle

God is the God of wisdom. He is wise. He gave us four books in the Bible about wisdom – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Job. God does not just want us to live by faith, He wants us to walk in wisdom. Be innocent as doves yet wise as serpents.

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Three Kinds Of People

There are three types of people in this world: wise people, foolish people, and evil people.

Dr Henry Cloud

Wise people are open to feedback, learn from experience, and adjust their behavior based on correction. To relate with the wise, you discuss problems, provide feedback, and they will start growing.

Foolish people reject correction, resist change, blame others, and do not adjust their behavior. What do you do with foolish people? You don’t discuss problems with a fool, you discuss consequences because a fool cannot learn until he is forced to face the pain of the bad decisions he has been making.

Evil people intentionally harm others; they seek to destroy and cause damage. Avoid engagement with evil people and focus on your protection. Use legal, financial, and law enforcement services to safeguard yourself and your interests. Do not expect them to change; maintain the firmest boundaries possible. We are not saying God cannot change evil people; of course He can but until He does, He gives you wisdom to stay away from them. God doesn’t just want you to be saved, He wants you to be wise. Don’t be saved and stay a fool or though you are going to Heaven, you will be living in hell.

Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding

Knowledge is acquiring facts about things as they are.

Understanding is properly interpreting those facts.

Wisdom is practically applying those facts to real life.

“Wisdom requires knowledge and understanding just like it takes both a man and a woman to come together to form a new baby. When knowledge gets married to understanding, it has a baby and the baby is called wisdom. When knowledge – the true nature of a thing – meets understanding – which is an enlightened purpose of the thing, the baby is born called wisdom.”

Tony Evans

You can have knowledge and lack wisdom. In the same way, you can have understanding and not have wisdom. Wisdom takes knowledge and understanding and applies them.

The Fear Of The Lord Is The Foundation Of Wisdom

You can read a book and acquire knowledge. You can come to a church and acquire understanding but what gives wisdom is the fear of God. The fear of the Lord doesn’t cause you to run from God but to run to Him. It is not being scared of God, it is being reverendly in awe of God’s goodness and grace. The fear of God is not being scared of God, it is being scared of being away from God.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10

Biblical wisdom is grounded in your view that God is good, holy, powerful, and you reverence Him out of this knowledge of who He is. A relationship with God is God revealing Himself to you and you responding to that revelation by having reverence toward Him. Many today say they have a relationship with the Lord but lack the fear of God.

If you really have the fear of God, your life will show the fruit of wisdom because those who walk in the fear of the Lord have wisdom. What will keep you on fire and on track is not the fact that you emotionally love God but that you devotionally fear Him.

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Wisdom Prepares For The Future, It Doesn’t Procrastinate In The Present

Wisdom teaches us not to slack. Biblical wisdom refers to practical skills associated with understanding and living a successful life.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer, or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

Proverbs 6:6-8

Wisdom’s way according to the ant:

  • Self-motivation without external pressure.
  • Timeliness without procrastination.
  • Preparation for the future. The ant does not live only for today.

Wisdom and laziness do not go together. If you are lazy, you are a fool according to the scriptures. Wisdom produces a good, disciplined, hardworking, personal work ethic. Wisdom doesn’t expect bad things but it prepares in case of a rainy day. Truly, the Bible says we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow but it also teaches us to prepare for tomorrow. Wisdom is choosing to be active today and to prepare for tomorrow.

These are the five marks of a sluggard or lazy person:

  • Procrastination.
  • Neglecting their duties.
  • Love of sleep.
  • Making excuses.
  • Lack of initiative.
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Wisdom Flees Temptation; It doesn’t Flirt With It

In the Bible, wisdom is seen as a moral quality, rather than an intellectual one. Being biblically foolish a lot of the time means being godless. A wise man fears and departs from evil but a fool rages and is self-confident

Proverbs 16:6 tells us that there are two voices, two lady’s who are reaching out to us – the lady of immorality, impulsiveness, anger, profanity and lust, and the lady of wisdom, righteousness, honor, and discipline.

Wisdom does not just run from sin, it avoids situations that lead to sin. Unwise decisions often lead to wrong ones as we excuse them for not being outright wrong. That is why in all things we should ask this question: not only “is it wrong, but it is wise?” In the light of my past, and my present struggles, is this wise? Nobody does a wrong thing until they have done multiple things that are not wise. Financial calamities happen the same way.

Treat small compromises like they are big ones because they will lead to big ones if you allow them. Don’t flirt with sin, flee from sin like Joseph did. Instead of trying to walk as close to the cliff as you can without falling, you should see how far you can stay away from that thing so you can walk in righteousness.

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