Get Wise

What is Wisdom?:

  1. The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
  2. The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of such experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Definition of Wise:

Having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.

The Bible says:

“Get wisdom, get insight.” Proverbs 4:5

Why should we get Wisdom?

Wisdom provides true and lasting happiness–something we are all striving for.

Proverbs 3:13 says,

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gets understanding. It is the key to lasting happiness.”

Proverbs 19:8 says,

“He who gets wisdom loves himself.”

Proverbs 16:16 puts it,

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! “

Proverbs 8:20 says,

“I (Wisdom) lead in the way of righteousness…”

Proverbs 3:17b states,

“Her (Wisdom) ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”

Proverbs 4:7 says,

“Wisdom is the principal thing;  therefore  get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”.

What are the Characteristics of a Person who has Wisdom?

Proverbs 9:10 says,

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

The wisdom that leads to life and ultimate joy begins with knowing and fearing God.

Proverbs 11:2 says,

When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom.

The wise person is characterized by humility.

Wisdom consists in knowing and doing the commandments of God. Jesus said that hearing and doing God’s Word is godly wisdom.

Wisdom also includes sensitive, mature judgment or discernment.

Colossians 1:9 says,

We have not ceased to pray for you, that you may be filled with knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

How Do We Get Wisdom?

Desire it with all your heart.

Proverbs 4:8,

“Prize her (wisdom) highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you for your embrace.”
Wisdom must be valuable to us.

Saturate yourself with the Word of God.

Psalm 19:7.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

Pray for wisdom.

James 1:5 says,

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.”

Think about the brevity of your life.

Psalm 90:12, says,

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

We must come to Jesus. Jesus is the wisdom of God.

Colossians 2:3 says,

“In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Father God, you are the source of all godly wisdom and we desire it with all our hearts. We ask that you will fill your people with your wisdom. Amen

by Katherine Kehler
used by permission

This article has been condensed from an article by John Piper.

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Further Reading:

Wisdom and Knowledge of God

Making Sense of God’s Wisdom

Beginning of Wisdom

Open My Eyes

Importance of Knowing God

Devotionals on Wisdom