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What Does the Bible Say About Wisdom?

Friend, have you noticed it lately? The increasing confusion enveloping our culture. The uncertainty in everything. The ever-changing meaning of truth in society. Honestly, it can be a very confusing time for all of us. That’s why biblical wisdom is vitally important. S. Michael Craven defines wisdom as “an ability to discern what is true and good and beautiful.” Together, let’s discover the its value, its source, and how to grow in it with our friends the Colson Fellows.

THE VALUE OF WISDOM

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If anyone knew the importance of wisdom, it was King Solomon. You may already know the part of his story where this new king of Israel prayed for wisdom to lead the people. As a result of his humble request, God whole-heartedly granted that prayer and Solomon ruled with incredible insight. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon speaks often about its value:

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” – Proverbs 16:16

Although Solomon had riches beyond belief, he understood that his God-given gift was infinitely more valuable than the most sought after items on earth. Handling the challenges of life with wisdom and little money is a thousand times better than handling things poorly yet having three mansions. Certainly an endless pile of cash in which you can roll around would make life easier. But without wisdom, it’s ultimately useless.

THE SOURCE OF WISDOM

Bible Source of Wisdom

Our world is full of people, organizations, and companies who want to fill you with their version of wisdom. Maybe you’re even tempted to lean on them as a reliable source. For example, it could be your favorite news network. Maybe it’s your favorite celebrity, social media influencer, podcaster, or even a radio host. Maybe you consider your own ever-changing feelings as your best source of wisdom. King Solomon, however, shares the only reliable source:

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6

True wisdom comes only from the Lord Himself. Thankfully, we’ve got a book full of His words He’s been so gracious to preserve for us. If you’re looking for wisdom, open up your Bible and let Him pour it into your mind. As a result, it will get tucked away safely in your heart so you can easily lean on it again when you need it in the future.

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WE CAN ASK FOR MORE

Ask for Wisdom

But what if you have a very specific problem that Scripture doesn’t directly address? What if you need wisdom on a medical issue or parenting problem? Well, there’s good news. All you need to do is ask. James tells it to us quite plainly:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”James 1:5

If we need wisdom, we can take it straight to God Himself. Our Heavenly Father hears us when we pray and He promises to answer. So what would an answer look like? It could be a word from your pastor in the middle of next Sunday’s sermon. It could be counsel from a trusted Jesus-loving friend. It could even be in the form of peace that passes all understanding in your heart toward the decision God wants you to make. However, before you get your answer, you’ve first got to actually ask.

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JOIN THE COLSON FELLOWS

Colson Fellows

If you want to grow in biblical wisdom, then check out our Ministry Focus with Craig Thomas. Claire Efird joins Craig on Life 90.5, talking about a program that changed the way she interacts in tumultuous times. Listen to find out more about Colson Fellows:

The Colson Fellows program helps you learn how to think, to understand the big picture presented in God’s Word. The need for truth and wisdom is greater than ever. You can gain it yourself and share it with others by applying for the Colson Fellows at colsonfellows.org. You can also email Claire for more information at cefird@colsonfellows.org.

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