Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Proverbs 4:7 The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding.
If we want to be wise, to be able to take wise decisions, to make wise choices and to live in a wise (and compassionate) way, then we must acquire wisdom. In one sense, that sounds like a purchase; often acquisition is by purchase. And it requires significant investment of time and resources to become wise, not to mention lots of practice. On the other hand, wisdom can never be bought, it can only learned; you need a good teacher and a good source, otherwise you may acquire skills and techniques, but absolutely no understanding of how and when to deploy them. Wisdom must be accompanied by understanding so that we know what to do with it, how to use it and - ultimately - how to interpret it.
God makes it plain where we get wisdom. James wrote it down for us:
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
That's all there is to it. Turn to God and ask Him for His wisdom and He willl give it to you. That's what His word says. But it goes on to say more:
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
That's the understanding part. You have to have understanding to deploy wisdom; you have to have faith to get wisdom. Have you ever turned to God, perhaps in desperation, and asked, "What the heck do I do now?" Been there, done that! At that moment you had faith; you were prepared to listen because you knew that you needed wisdom.
Today we all need wisdom like never before. Everyone can see that, everyone understands that. So use your understanding and do it. Right now!