Wisdom Rock

How To Get Wisdom

The book of proverbs was written so we would know how to get wisdom.

In the 31 chapters of Proverbs we are told…

  • The value of wisdom
  • The way of wisdom
  • The importance of wisdom
  • The fruit of wisdom
  • And many other lessons.

The end goal is that we understand how to live successful lives in the eyes of God.

Proverbs chapter one sets the stage. In verse 20 we see wisdom is calling us. How do we respond when wisdom calls?

Verses 29-30 show us how to get wisdom by telling us how to respond.   Four things are mentioned.  And they each have to do with attitude.  This is the beginning place – having the right attitude.

These verse actually teach us what NOT to do.  If we flip it on its head and turn the negative statements into positive ones, we discover four ways to get wisdom operating in our lives.

Here’s the list of warnings, or negative statements:

1. They hated knowledge

2. They did not choose the fear of the LORD

3. They would none of his counsel

4. They despised all my reproof

Let’s turn them around and see the positive application.

Here’s what we must do to accept wisdom’s call.

1. We must love knowledge

Not just any knowledge, but the right knowledge (accurate information).

Accurate information is knowledge from God’s perspective.

Knowledge alone puffs up (1 Corinthians 13: ). But knowledge born out of experience gives wisdom.

This term is often used to refer to personal experience. Wisdom is inviting us to know her intimately and personally. When we place a value on that knowledge, we will experience her delight.

2. We must choose the fear of the LORD

Fear does not mean afraid in the typical sense of the word. It refers to awe, reverence, value.

How do we choose the fear of the LORD?

  • Honor God.
  • Acknowledge the reality of God.
  • Live life with Him at the center.
  • Value His ways, opinion and will.
  • Elevate our view of God.

3. We must Embrace Counsel

Counsel means to give advice or direction about purpose,plans or things determined. [1]

Wisdom says embrace ‘my’ counsel. Not just any advice, but the advice rooted in scripture.

Simple ways to embrace wisdom:

  • Don’t be a know-it-all.
  • Be humble enough to seek advice.
  • Value God’s direction more than your own.
  • Seek God’s way.

4. Accept and Appreciate Reproof.

Reproof is chastisement; figuratively (by words) correction, refutation, proof (even in defense) [2]

No one knows everything. Don’ let pride get in the way of your personal growth.

Like any good father, God corrects us, disciplines us, and reproves us when we are wrong. The degree we humble ourselves equals the degree of success and growth we experience in life.

How will you respond to wisdom’s call?

What is your take on these four things?

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