“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…”
Sadly, it is when we think we are wise that we are the most foolish. It is when we think we have finally figured life out that a curve ball is thrown our way, showing us how little we really know. What is wisdom, and how do we get it?
Job speaks of wisdom as a treasure that no matter how deep into the earth man may search, it remains hidden. God alone knows the way to it. We read in Proverbs how Solomon’s father taught him to “get wisdom, get understanding.” No wonder that is in essence what Solomon asked for when the Lord gave him opportunity to make his request. David had taught him well.
If there is one prayer that we should cry out consistently, it is requesting wisdom. It is a hidden treasure, worth far more than rubies. Yet wisdom is also portrayed as a woman who calls out to the simple. Something seemingly so far from us, yet right under our noses.
What keeps us from finding it? The treasure map is near to us, even in our mouths. We have a way of taking what the Lord intended to be simple and making it complicated. We have a way of remaining in our foolishness just because we don’t want to humble ourselves and ask Him the way out of it.
“The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”
We can take one look at the news headlines, or one glance at the TV, and realize that there is a mounting lack of the fear of God. There is a huge lack of understanding, because shunning evil has all too often been replaced with tolerating it.
Just a personal note: when I ask the Lord for wisdom, the answer doesn’t come in a handwritten note. It is often through experiences that I find the answer unfolding before me. Don’t refuse the wisdom He longs to give you, just because the circumstances are not what you were expecting. Ask and you will receive. Don’t be foolish and run before the answer gets there. Wait for wisdom. It is definitely worth it.
Scripture to read:
James 1:5-8 Proverbs 9:1-12
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Romans 10:8
Job 28 Deuteronomy 30:14
Proverbs 4:1-9 Matthew 7:7
Proverbs 8 Proverbs 1:20
Father, I cry aloud for understanding. I ask for wisdom. I don’t want to live life in a foolish way. I ask for Your wisdom, not the world’s. Help me to fear You more, and to shun evil. I choose Your way, so please lead me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.