“The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 15:33
I really do desire to live my life well. Make it count. Leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren. Yet often I do not end up living as I presumably desire. I desperately need wisdom.
Wisdom is not about being well educated, highly intelligent, or even being awesome at bible trivia.
Wisdom is living skillfully.
Making good choices. Being a person of integrity. Keeping right priorities – God first, others second. Building others up – not tearing them down. Working hard. Being a good friend. Praying with a sincere heart.
Wisdom is on one hand a gift from God. James wrote: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
On the other hand, we are directed to strive hard to attain it:
…turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:2-5
The attainment of wisdom always begins with fearing the Lord. We must be aware that he sees all. He knows our very thoughts and motives. He is inherently worthy of our respect and obedience.
Ask God for wisdom – he is waiting to give it to each one of us!
But also strive hard (with His help) to attain it. Saturate yourself in his word. Hang out with people wiser than yourself. Be open to his rebuke.
We can all learn to live life skillfully. That is a promise from God.