According to research, the definition of wisdom is: “The God-given ability to judge or discern correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding; learning and experience acquired over a period of time; ability to see beneath the surface of things”.
If anyone lacks wisdom, simply ask God for it and He will grant it to you (James 1:5 – emphasis added). Wisdom is such an attractive gift that it should be everyone’s prayer point. Wisdom allows you to make healthy decisions about your life, what your day should be like, how you should behave, how to respond to certain situations and how to genuinely take care of yourself and others around you. When you are real with wisdom, wisdom will be real with you. Why do I say that? I say this because when we encounter troubling times, are we quick to simply blame the other person, or are we willing to take responsibility for our own actions? Taking responsibility will enable us to be real with wisdom, to admit where we have gone wrong and realise that we are limited resources.
Our pride can get in the way of receiving wisdom from the Father because He cannot use someone that thinks they know it all. It would be shameful to miss out on what God has in store for us because we refuse to humble ourselves and walk in wisdom. Job in the Bible was truly a man of wisdom. He did not allow his troubles to separate him from the love of God. Yes, we all have troubles, some greater than others, but imagine what would happen if we truly humble ourselves and seek God for wisdom to handle those issues? How much peace would we benefit from if we just let go of our power, and let Him take the lead? The peace that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7).
Wisdom helps me make the right choices and decisions that will benefit my well-being. It gives me hope for the present day and teaches me not to worry about tomorrow. Wisdom helps me humble myself and informs me that I am not perfect, that I make mistakes like any other human being does; wisdom does not encourage me to look down on myself, but to take care of my mind, my thoughts and my mouth. Wisdom enables me to reach out to others when they are in need, broken and desires encouragement. Wisdom is very attractive.
King Solomon, on the other hand, was very wise in that he was given an opportunity to present to God anything he desired to have. Instead of asking for riches, he asked for WISDOM (2 Chronicles 1:11). And God gave it to him. How many of us today truly ask God for wisdom? Is that the first few points on your prayer list? Or do we just ask for wisdom when we feel emotionally and mentally attacked? A lot of the time we seek God when we have had enough, and that is not a bad thing. But how many of us can sincerely seek God when although your plans are not going as expected, you STILL trust Him, and still praise Him and still seek for His wisdom? It takes so much strength to get to this level of maturity where we allow our pride to stop controlling us, and be weak before God so that He can fill us with His strength and give us the wisdom to face our troubles.
It honestly is okay to be wrong, because that is where God is able to come in and fix you within. You can look wise, but are you wise? People do not only look at your wisdom on the outside, they look at your wisdom from the inside too; the way you speak, the way you give advice, to ensure that you are also applying the words you say into your life. It is not enough to ask for wisdom if you do not practise wisdom. Remember, wisdom is a beautiful unique gift that when you sincerely seek God for it, He will grant it to you. Wisdom is, therefore, power, and power is also attractive, but when it is misused and abused, you ruin the importance of it.
Our sincere cry should be for God to grant us wisdom to handle all our situations. It is not for us to receive wisdom and handle it by ourselves. Anything we try to do by ourselves, we will seriously crack. We are not strong on our own and because God is all knowing and seeing, He knows at some point that you will need wisdom. This applies to so many areas:
- WISDOM IN EXAMS
- WISDOM IN MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES
- WISDOM TO RE-SOLVE AN ISSUE WITH A FAMILY RELATIVE OR LOVED ONE
- WISDOM TO BE QUIET WHEN YOU ARE BEING TESTED
- WISDOM TO KNOW WHEN TO SPEAK WITHOUT RAISING AN ARGUMENT
- WISDOM TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS AND APOLOGISE
- WISDOM TO SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
- WISDOM TO SMILE AND REMAIN CALM WHEN ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE
- WISDOM TO BE FREE AND BE AT PEACE
- WISDOM TO BE YOU AND NOT ANYBODY ELSE
I could go on, but wisdom is our friend. Not only is it our friend, but we must learn to nurture and cherish this gift. It is truly a unique gift that no man can give because in Proverbs 3:5-6, it says that we should “trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not on your own understanding, but it ALL your ways, we must acknowledge Him in that He will direct our paths”. It does not say we should acknowledge or seek people, but seek Him, so that He will direct us. Direct us into what? Wisdom! This is what we need all the time. Every decision we make and every move we take, we must apply wisdom, but this comes purely through seeking Him first.
Being told the right thing in a painful moment is one of the best ways to take full advantage of wisdom. In Proverbs 19:20 it says “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future”. You see, wisdom is not only for your now, it is also for your future. Wisdom is walking with you on this journey of life. It is so vital to making it a habit of speaking in wisdom and applying it to your personal circumstances. Yes, at times we want to express how we truly feel towards people, but it really does take a wise individual to humble themselves and respond in a calm manner. This won’t happen overnight, but when the tests come, we can apply wisdom to it and see the result. When you get wisdom, be real with it.
Distinguish your strengths and weaknesses, and remember it is okay to be wrong at times, you do not always have to be right. We should not compete with anyone when using wisdom. Instead, we must complete each other and apply wisdom in each circumstance. Rehearsing what someone did to you a few years back is not applying wisdom, for you are bringing up more pain, trying to justify and find out why the situation happened. But remember, we do not live in the past, we live in the present and strives for the future. Do not be controlled by your emotions, but apply wisdom in dealing with your inner struggles and fears. No matter whether you are battling with yourself or others, it is an opportunity to use wisdom and apply it in each area of your life.
WISDOM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIRTUES IN LIFE