by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday July 19, 2005
How to Acquire Wisdom
None of us wants to believe we are fools in God's eyes. But we are playing a "fool's game" when we ignore what God says and live the way we want. Our reliance on intelligence, education, and talents will lead us astray. While useful, they are not substitutes for godly judgment.
What does God say will help make us wise?
Commitment. We must resolve in our minds to see all of life from God's perspective and make it our heart's desire to gain wisdom and obey.
Devotion. Regard Scripture as a treasure trove of infinite worth. (Proverbs 3:15) Devote time and attention to discover the truths about who we are in Christ and what God's plan is for us. Meditate daily on His Word. Recognize that no material thing compares in value to spiritual understanding.
Obedience. To live wisely, we must have more than knowledge about the Bible's contents; we need to apply what we learn. Storing up scriptural truths is good but does not make us wise. Wisdom means having God's perspective as well as obedient responses to His commands. (Proverbs 10:8)
Prayer. God provides spiritual understanding to those who ask. (James 1:5-6) But that requires us to slow down long enough to make the request and receive His answer. Our willingness to do that is often dictated by our sense of neediness. Satan works to keep us feeling self-sufficient so we will not think to pray.
"Wisdom walking" is the only way for us to become the people God has planned for us to be and accomplish the work He has set before us.
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