Sarah Travis is back sharing some wise words about wisdom for this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday!
The Merriam Webster dictionary describes wisdom as:
a :accumulated philosophical or scientific learning :knowledge
b :ability to discern inner qualities and relationships :insight
c :good sense :judgment
d :generally accepted belief
The Need for Wisdom
Oh, how I need wisdom in my life!
My husband is one of those people who can read a person the first time he meets them. Me on the other hand, it takes me a while to figure someone out! Always wanting to believe the best in people, I trust too quick and hurt hard. And I just wish I knew exactly what to do in every situation. I wish I understood the motives and behavior of others. How to handle disputes. How to prioritize my schedule. And am I the only ones who feels like they need to study an encyclopedia in order to join in with some conversations!
Put in Biblical terms wisdom simply means – understanding God! When we understand Him and His ways, we can apply that knowledge to every situation in our lives. Sounds pretty straightforward to me!
However, we then read verses like:
“Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.”
Psalm 145:3 NASB
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”
Romans 11:33 NASB
In Colossians 2:2-4 Paul writes:
“I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him. I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.”
The truth is that we cannot possess Godly wisdom by our own power or might. Godly wisdom is found in Christ. We cannot possess His wisdom without first knowing His Son Jesus Christ. So our first step to understanding God more is to accept the truth that we are sinners in need of a Savior. We are then united with Jesus as part of the family of God and one of His welcome gifts to us is His Spirit (1 John 4:13). We are His Spirit’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 NASB
So how do we increase our wisdom? By becoming more and more in tune with the Spirit of God in us. He invites us to ask Him for wisdom: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NASB
The dictionary defined wisdom as knowledge, insight, and judgement (discernment). I love this definition from Lysa TerKeurst in her book “The Best Yes:”
“Knowledge is wisdom that comes from acquiring truth.
Insight is wisdom that comes from living out the truth we acquire.
Discernment is wisdom that comes from the Holy Spirit’s reminders of that knowledge and insight.”
And as she goes on to say: “We have to put our hearts and our minds in places where wisdom gathers…Wisdom gathers when my mind is engaged with truth.” Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes
Asking for Wisdom
So we have to ask ourselves. When did I last ask the Lord for wisdom? Am I gathering together with Christians wiser and more mature in their walk of faith than me? Am I engaging my mind with the truth of God’s Word on a regular basis. If I am not, then I cannot expect to understand. Only by doing these things will we begin to understand God’s ways and live them out in our daily lives.
By engaging our minds with truth we can begin to recognize the lies, and by asking the Spirit to prompt us, we can begin to discern how to live our lives. We know better what decisions to make that are in line with His will. We can know the times to say “yes” and the times to say “no.”
By learning more about who God is, we can transform our minds to become more like Him. We will never fully understand Him and His ways but if we ask, He does grant us wisdom for the situations we face.
Born and raised in Scotland, and talking with a “wee” Americanized-Scottish twang, Sarah is now wife to her American dream hubby, Jason, and is SAHM to their 1 year old son Ezra! She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world.
Whenever she is not running around keeping Ezra out of mischief or writing, Sarah volunteers for Proverbs 31 Ministries as a writer for Online Bible Studies and she works as a Mary & Martha independent consultant.
Sarah’s life verse is: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV
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