In examining what it takes, as children of God, to become a wise person, it is clear that our wisdom must be based on biblical principles and truth. Any other wisdom is false and will lead us astray. Thus, our challenge is to pray for God’s wisdom and seek wisdom from the Bible.
Perhaps the best book for wisdom is Proverbs because it was written to give us wisdom and discipline. Let me quote from a devotional book entitled Daily Wisdom—it’s based on Proverbs 13. This Proverb talks about the difference in wise people and foolish people. The book reminds us of this:
We all have moments of foolishness. We can be thankful that God hasn’t given up on us. He may discipline or reprove us, yet as the apostle Paul said, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6). Let us be prudent in our decision making, choosing to rely on God and his wisdom rather than bragging about our foolishness.
Do you truly pursue wisdom? Is it high on your list of priorities for your life? Maybe you’ve never realized how important it is to seek wisdom. I want to encourage you to read a chapter in Proverbs every day for one whole year. There are 31 chapters—so in one year you will read the book of Proverbs 12 times. It will start to sink into your heart and mind—and truly, you’ll become a much wiser person. I also encourage you to keep a journal of what God is teaching you as you read the Proverbs, and pray that wisdom into your life.
We have designed a set of 10 cards which give Words of Wisdom from God’s Word. You can find these on our website, or we’d be glad to mail the cards to you.