Bible Topic: Wisdom
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)
The Amplified bible defines wisdom as the comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God (Proverbs 4:7). The dictionary defines it as the right use or exercise of knowledge. The word principal means the most important. Therefore, having comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God is the most important thing coupled with the understanding of how to apply the wisdom or the knowledge of God effectively.
Why is this scripture important to us today? I suppose the first response would be that God said so. The reason that this scripture is important to me is because of Proverbs 14:1 which says, “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” (KJV) It is important to understand that this scripture does not refer to the physical structure of the home. It is referring to building your family, marriage, children, finances, etc. anything that affects you and the people in your home with the word of God which is His wisdom. Therefore, it is important for us to know and understand what the bible says about any situation that you may be faced with and apply the wisdom of God.
How do you know when you need wisdom? When you don’t know what to do when you are faced with difficult situations. Usually, the situation may seem impossible to the human eye, however, Mark 9:23 tells us, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” KJV.
How do we get this wisdom? We ask God for it.
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord. [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute, [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]” James 1:5-7 Amplified.
This scripture is so encouraging because it says that we can ask God for wisdom and He won’t be judgmental towards us, or faultfinding. He is willing to give us this wisdom generously when we ask for it.
For instance, during your prayer time you may pray as such:” Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus asking for your wisdom regarding this situation (specify it). Your word says in James 1:5 that you will give me wisdom liberally and I thank you for it. This day, I believe I receive your wisdom regarding this situation in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” Then read the bible and write down in your prayer journal what you believe God is saying to you through His word. If by any chance you still don’t know what to do, thank God daily for the wisdom until you finally have clarity on what to do. Ask God expecting to hear him give you the wisdom you need for your situation.
We have all heard about Solomon and how he was the wisest man that ever lived outside of Jesus. The bible says the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask what I shall give thee?” (1 Kings 3:5, KJV). Before Solomon could ask God for what he wanted, he presented his concern to God regarding him being a king and that he was but a little child himself with this big responsibility. He basically said to God that he did not know what to do. “And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:8-9, KJV). God was pleased with his request. “And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days” 1 Kings 3:11-13).
I believe God knew that Solomon needed wisdom to become successful in his assignment. However, he had to ask God for it. God does not force Himself on us. He has given us the right and ability to pray and ask for what we need. “…ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2, KJV); Matthew 7:7, KJV, says, “Ask, and it shall be given you:……”
After you have asked for wisdom, don’t change your mind or waiver. The bible says doing so is being double minded. And a double minded man or woman is unstable in all his/her ways. That kind of person cannot receive anything from the Lord. Romans 4:20-21 says Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief. Instead, he was strong in faith, giving glory to God for His promise. Abraham gave glory to God because he was fully persuaded that God would do what He had promised.
Experiencing any type of deficiency or lack is not God’s plan for us. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not want” (Amplified). God does not want us to experience lack or want in any area of our lives such as financial struggles, sickness, children being rebellious, marital problems, etc. Hence Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (NIV). Furthermore, He has promised us in Philippians 4:19 that he supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Thus obtaining wisdom is the most important thing and knowing how to apply the knowledge of God to the situations we all deal with in this life. This kind of wisdom will cause us to live victoriously.