The counsel of wisdom is this: seek wisdom. But where do I seek? Who do I talk to? How much does it cost? This post is an invitation for you to engage in understanding. Your reward will be long life, riches and honor. Here are the 5 practical steps to follow.
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The concept of wisdom distinguishes itself in different areas of study such as philosophy, psychology and different religions. But in reality, what differs is only the source of it. The meaning of the word sapience refers to taste and know something.
This taste points to grace, beauty, and also the pleasing and satisfying aspect to which life was created. That way, if you want to get wisdom is because some area of your life needs more seasoning. You know there is an adjustment that will surely bring a more pleasant living together with your family. There are better results than you have experienced.
The Bible says that wisdom is crying out for friends. By the way, it is not you who are seeking wisdom, but the wisdom who is finding you. Your own seeking is a response to her call.
‘Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!’Proverbs 8:1
The wise Solomon also wrote that wisdom offers protection as well as money. But the difference is that only wisdom preserves your life. While you invest all your time in effort and hard work, you will have a limited reward for material resources. However, if you dedicate your life to the understanding, you will enjoy long life with true prosperity. This is God’s plan for your family.
‘ For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.’Ecclesiastes 7:12
2 Types of Wisdom
The Bible teaches us that there are two types of wisdom: earthly (or human) wisdom and true wisdom. Earthly wisdom is dangerous to the extreme, because its base is pride, which results in the fall. And true wisdom is that which comes from God, and its result is true and prosperous life.
‘For what seems to be God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.’1 Corinthians 1:25
5 Practical Steps
How, then, to obtain wisdom so that the taste of your life and family come be the best possible? Everything you need to do is summarized in these 5 steps below:
1. Ask God for wisdom
True wisdom comes only from God. You will not find it in books, courses, trainings, trips, mentors, or any other source. This may sound too radical for you. But that’s the truth. Few people ask God specifically for wisdom, and so you rarely find a truly wise person.
Exchange your prayers for those that the Bible teaches. Avoid asking God for what He does not suggest. And start asking God what He commands in His Word. The letter written by the Apostle James is compared to the book of proverbs in the New Testament. He promises that if we ask in faith and focus for wisdom, we will receive. So, ask God.
‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.’James 1:5
2. Listen to your parents’ advice
Paternity is one of the most neglected values nowadays. This is the biggest cause of problems we have in our society, not abortion, drugs, violence or hunger. Parents are those who somehow taught us to walk the path of life, with their correctness and also mistakes. They are the ones ahead of us. Those who pay the price for our growth. If you do not have your parents, find “parents” for you.
If you did not remember any person as you read the previous paragraph, I assure you that you need urgent help. You need someone to be a father to you, a man, and a mother, a woman. Only the fool does not learn from the successful. Parents are the role models you need. I’m not talking about your friends or other young people, even if they inspire you. Submit yourself to a mature couple who know God and can advise you.
‘ The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.’Proverbs 12:15
3. Get wisdom by reading the Bible
Biblical reading is essential for you to reach true understanding. We see in the history of Genesis that the knowledge of good and evil is a consequence of man’s disobedience and fall. Do not think that this ability to judge, analyze, and decide for yourself is a virtue. Because if it were God would not have deprived the man of that access. In fact, human intelligence to discern between good and evil is not the way to true wisdom.
But listening and obeying God is this way. And one of the best ways for you to learn to hear God is through the Bible. Now, the Bible reading is not supposed to be mental, but rather spoken. As you read the Bible, pronounce the words you are reading. This breath that comes out of your mouth carrying the Word of God will create in your spirit and in the environment around you revelation and prosperity.
‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’Psalms 119:105
4. Broaden your wisdom with silence
Now the best way to extend the wisdom you get is through silence. If you know a wise person, I’m sure that is not a talkative. Wise people prefer to hear than talk. They know they have 2 ears and only one mouth for a certain reason. They select words when they need them.
A good tip here is to give preference to others during a conversation. When meeting someone, greet and wait for the person to start the conversation. When asked about your opinion, evaluate whether it is worth answering and, if so, do so in a few words. In short, always prefer to listen than talk.
‘If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.’Job 13:5
5. Raise wise children through correction
Finally, show love to your children through the practice of correction. Your children will be corrected. I’m telling you this to alert you and equip you. Either you correct them with love or the world will correct them with pain in the future.
Physical correction is the only way for the child to understand the necessary limits and due respect. I consider slippers the best way to spank children because it draws their attention without hurting. Never correct your children if you are angry or for unnecessary reasons. Always make clear the motivation of love. And instruct the child to act wisely in the coming times.
This will save you, your children and all society from suffering. As your children grow up, replace the slippers with your words in low pitch and firmness. Let your children understand that their actions always have consequences. And you will not defend them but they will respond for themselves. Thus, you will be educating a child and forming an adult on the path of wisdom.
‘Wisdom offers you long life, as well as wealth and honour. ‘Proverbs 3:16
By following these 5 practical steps, you will become a wise person and create a legacy of honor. A life that is dedicated to wisdom pleases God and blesses all around.
Prayer: God, I recognize that you are good and generous. Therefore, I ask you to give me wisdom. Teach me to listen and obey your voice. Help me see my family enjoy long life and peace, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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