May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

You can be vast in knowledge and still be so unwise. Knowledge can exist without wisdom, but wisdom is always full of knowledge. Knowledge is knowing that you have a gun, but wisdom is knowing how to use it and when to use it. Fools can also have knowledge. The Pharisees were very knowledgeable yet so foolish. For every believer, it is necessary that we walk in wisdom. It is not enough to have knowledge of God and all about Him, we must also possess wisdom. Therefore, Apostle Paul encourages the church at Colossus to let the word of God dwell in them richly in all wisdom (Co. 3:16).

Proverbs 4:7 makes it clear to us that wisdom is the principal thing. This implies that wisdom is of utmost importance. Of all we could ask of God, wisdom should be the preeminent one. Apostle James (by the influence of the Holy Spirit) encourages us to ask for wisdom if we lack it…and we can never have all the wisdom there is to have. Therefore, make it a daily habit to ask for wisdom from God. When you get on your knees to pray each morning, ask God for wisdom. (James 1:5)

“Of all we could ask of God, wisdom should be the preeminent one.”

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There are so many things the wisdom of God does for us. For example, the wisdom of God guides our prayers. There are times when we pray for things we could by ourselves easily proffer a solution for. We spend so much time trying to “hear from God” on matters He has clearly given us the freedom to decide on by ourselves. It takes the wisdom of God to make the right decisions at such times. The ability to discern the perfect will of God for us per time is wisdom. (Ecc. 10:10)

“If the iron be blunt, and one do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.”

Ecclesiastes 10:10 ASV

As mentioned above, wisdom helps you make the right decisions. The one thing that made King Solomon’s administration an excellent one was the abundance of God’s wisdom on him. He made the right decisions and strategies that propelled Israel into flourishing. (1 Kings 4:20-34)

As children of God who are a replica of our Father, we must dwell in all wisdom. Make decisions with wisdom, speak with wisdom and act with wisdom. Everything we do should bear the mark of wisdom. This is how we can be true representatives of the only wise God here on earth. (Job 12:13; 1 John 4:17)

The very first step to becoming wise is to fear God. You can never be truly wise if you have no regard for God in your life. Scripture makes us understand that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Pro. 9:10). The fear of God doesn’t mean to be afraid of God. He is a loving Father and doesn’t want us to be scared of Him. The fear of God simply means a holy reverence for God and things that concern Him. In whatever you do, be sure to revere God.

Another means by which we become wise is to pay attention to instruction, both from God -found in His word -and from those around us -that we can trace back to the word of God, that is, godly counsel -through their experience. Learning from the experience of others and following through with God’s instructions makes us wiser. (Prov 13:10; Prov 10:8)

Wisdom from God is more than mere wisdom, it also encapsulates discernment. It is impossible to survive this world without the wisdom of God. It is a harsh and dangerous world but here’s what proverbs 4:6-7 says.

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Proverbs 4:6-7 NIV

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