When we look to Christ’s example of how we should love, we see that in Luke 2:52 it says “Jesus increased in wisdom.”
Proverbs 15:14 is a constant challenge to me and reflects the importance of such growth stating, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.”
To put it another way, an intelligent person purposefully seeks wisdom, but fools nibble randomly, vacantly chewing on words and ideas that have no value, no flavour, and no nutrition.
Prov 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
Prov 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding.
Prov 23:12 Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.
Let's consider the word ‘wisdom.’ The Hebrew definition for ‘wisdom’ is a skill for living.
This wisdom is different from ‘knowledge'. Knowledge can be learned from God vertically but also can be learned horizontally, meaning that it can be learned from the people around us. We can learn it from a textbook, or from observing other people going through similar situations.
‘Wisdom', however, is only attained vertically. It only comes from God and is sustained through a continued relationship with Him. God IS wisdom; to grow in ‘wisdom’ takes a persistent pursuit and a diligent commitment to Him.
We read in Prov 4:7, above, that wisdom is the principal thing. Would it be different if wisdom was the principle thing? We find it would.
'Principal' is most commonly used to refer to someone in a position of authority or high prominence.
'Principle' refers to natural, moral or legal rules or standards.
1 Cor 1:30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.
So often we think that God’s just going to do something, and drop wisdom into our laps. In a sense He does, but WISDOM is a person. Wisdom IS Jesus the Christ!
The number one way that wisdom is going to come into our lives is through the reading of the Word. The Bible says that God will give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding as we meditate in His Word. If we lack wisdom we can also ask God, as He has promised to give it to us freely.
James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
We are not perfect. Even when we pursue wisdom, we will likely make mistakes. This is a natural part of growth. What is important is how we respond to the failures, mistakes, and setbacks. Wisdom is being able to learn from the mistakes, and continue to move forward in spite of them.
This week I encourage you to pursue wisdom by continuing to press into God’s presence through worship, the reading of the scriptures and spending time in prayer. If God gives you wisdom in regards to something you're believing for, or something you need to do; act on it; do what He says. That, is valuing wisdom and seeking to be wise.