You’ve decided you want to live with Godly wisdom but…
Have you ever taken advice from someone and later realized you’d made a huge mistake?
Yea, me too.
- You went shopping with a friend and overspent your budget so you could get matching bags.
- You listened to and based your opinion on a friend’s gossip only to later learn it was all untrue.
- Your friend told you to follow your “heart” and your “heart” was wrong.
- You rejected a friend over a political argument and later learned you’d believed a lie.
We want to make wise decisions but the temptation to be foolish is always right in front of us.
The person with understanding is always looking for wisdom, but the mind of a fool wanders everywhere.Proverbs 17:24 (NCV)
Other translations say…
“Keep their eyes glued on wisdom.” (NLT) “Sets his face toward wisdom.” (RSV) “Keeps wisdom in view.” (NIV)
I don’t want to be foolish. I want to keep my eyes glued on wisdom but I know I’ve got some growin’ to do. Maybe you’ve got some growin’ to do too.
But what should we do when we finally realize we need to grow in Godly wisdom?
7 Important Things to Do to Grow In Godly Wisdom
1. Know What Godly Wisdom Is.
Wisdom is often defined as “knowing the right thing to do and doing it.”
Godly wisdom is knowing what God says is the right thing to do and doing it.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.Psalm 111:10
2. Know You Want Godly Wisdom.
Prayerfully commit that you’re done with letting your “foolish mind wander everywhere.” God wants what is best for His children and what He says is wise . . . is wise!
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.Proverbs 8:11
Respect God. Trust that He is who He says He is and that He does what He says He will do.
In that day He will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.Isaiah 33:6
4. Pray – Ask God for the Gift of Wisdom.
Spend time talking and listening in faith-filled communication with the God of all wisdom. Don’t be shy. God invites us to ask.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.James 1:5
5. Seek – Seek Godly Wisdom through His Word
Prayerfully study God’s Word in the Bible. Be faithful. Be a seeker. Trust the Spirit to reveal God’s wisdom to you.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.2 Timothy 3:16
6. Repent and Learn from Your Mistakes.
We all make mistakes. As long as we’re here, we will never live with perfect Godly wisdom. But . . . praise God, we know the One who is wisdom.
So, we repent saying, “I’m sorry, I did it and I don’t want to do it again!” And then, we learn from our failures so we don’t repeat them. That’s the wise thing to do.
The kind of sorrow God wants makes people change their hearts and lives.2 Corinthians 7:10a (NCV)
Ask someone who clearly demonstrates a desire to live with Godly wisdom to mentor you . . . someone you trust to give you Godly counsel. For help in knowing how to find the right mentor, click here.
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.Proverbs 19:20
Will you pray with me?
A Prayer to Grow in Godly Wisdom
Father, I am so very sorry. I’ve done it again. I’ve listened to the wrong voices. I’ve reacted too quickly. I’ve been foolish. Please forgive me.
I believe Your ways are best. I believe that Your will for me is that my future will be good and filled with hope. I need wisdom, Lord, to KNOW, TRUST, and FOLLOW the path You want for me. Your Word says that if I ask for wisdom, You will give it to me.
So, I will SEEK Your Word that I might KNOW all You want for me. Please fill me with Your Spirit. Bring to my heart and mind Your commands and promises . . . guide me by Your truth. Help me to know in the moment of decision what You want me to do and give me the strength and courage I need to trust You and obey.
I give myself to You. Please help me live this day for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
J. I. Packer wrote:
“Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty. acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.”
May the Lord bless us with humble teachable hearts. May we stand in reverent awe of our Creator, Savior, and Counselor. May we be willing to have our minds turned upside down and surrender ourselves to the Godly wisdom we need.
What a blessing it is to know that God wants to give us that wisdom we need.
May God be with you and bless you with Godly wisdom.
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