Have you ever had a time when you took advice from someone and then 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 spent time gossiping with a friend and later learned she’d gossiped about you.
You started bragging about your degrees and belongings at work to keep up with a coworker.
You sat with other parents and trashed your child’s teacher.
You were baited into a political argument that got ugly and hurt your friendship.
You lost your temper one more time.
A fool doesn’t look for wisdom. In fact, most fools don’t think they are foolish. They foolishly believe they are making good choices.
But you’re not a fool. At least, you don’t want to be. You want to know the wise thing to do and do it. But you also know you’ve got some growin’ to do . . . at least I do.
So now what? We’ve decided we want to grow in wisdom, but like most things we want to change—we need a plan of action.
Let’s get started…
8 Steps to the Best Action Plan for Growing in Wisdom
1. Know what wisdom is. – know the differences between cultural and Godly wisdom.
- 1) The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. 2) The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.
Godly wisdom is knowing God’s will and obeying Him.
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. Proverbs 4:7
2. Know You want wisdom. – Decide you spent enough time learning the hard way and that you want to know God’s wisdom and commit to following it.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. Proverbs 8:11
3. Have reverent fear for the Lord – Respect God. Trust that He is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do.
The [reverent] fear of the Lord is the beginning (the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet) of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the Lord; His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10 (AMP)
4. Listen – Ask God for the gift of wisdom. – Pray . . . talk and listen in faith-filled communication with the God of the Universe. Don’t be shy. God wants us to ask . . . often.
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. See – Seek Godly wisdom through Bible Study. – Read . . . use your eyes to prayerfully study God’s Word for truth and understanding. Be faithful. Be a seeker. Trust God to reveal His wisdom to you.
Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress. Psalm 46:10–11
6. Do – Knock on the door. Get involved and obey. – Act . . . take physical action to follow God and honor Him with what you do. Serve others. Follow your passion. He’s given it to you for a reason.
And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. Deuteronomy 10:13
7. Learn from your mistakes. – Everyone make them. As long as we’re here we will never be perfectly wise, but we can know the One who is. Take your mistakes to him and let God cover you with forgiveness and His better way. A great way to turn bad experiences into gained wisdom
The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. Psalm 145:14–15
8. Partner with a wise mentor. – Ask someone you know, who clearly demonstrates a desire to follow God’s wisdom, to mentor you or give you advice.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8–9
Your Father loves you.
He has given you every tool you need to know and follow His will.
He wants to bless you.
He wants you to enjoy wisdom and understanding.
He wants you to live with wisdom for His glory.
He knows the blessings and benefits of wise living.
He wants to bless you today.
My child, listen to what I say
and treasure my commands.
Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:1–6
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