Lesson 8

There are many benefits to attaining wisdom and many of those reasons fall under the heading of moral ones.

Proverbs 1:1-5 says

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,

turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,

and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,

and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God. (NIV)

First you have to accept the author’s words. That is first step toward wisdom. Then you have to remember them, “store” them, for future times. When situations arise, turn toward the wisdom that you’ve stored up and use it in the situation you find yourself in. If you look to use wisdom and seek it out as though you were looking for such wealth that you knew you could obtain, only then can you fully understand what is available to you, and you can’t help but bow before the Lord in Awe and Reverence.

So many of us miss this. We might get parts of it, but we forget to proceed to the next step. Accepting, remembering, seeking, using, understanding. Those are the steps we need to take toward the wisdom that is being offered to us.

How can we begin the accepting stage? We have to be humble enough to admit that we need wisdom and don’t already have it. We have to admit that there is more that we need. Once we do that and are willing to listen to the wise, then we can go to the next step.

Listen to what is said. Don’t just hear. LISTEN. When you listen, you process the words that you hear. You try to understand them. You sift through the words to find where you can apply them in your life. Then remember what you hear. Only when you remember and file it away in your memory can you fully use the wisdom.

Then seek it when you need it. Seek wisdom during any decision time. Look for it earnestly and desperately. Look for it as though your life depended on it, because it just might at times. If we spent as much time reaching for wisdom as we do for our other interests in life (hobbies, money, fame), we would be known the world over for our wisdom.

When you find it, USE it. Apply it. You can only grow stronger when you flex your muscles, when you use them. You can only grow wiser when you use the wisdom you have stored up.

Then, and only then, can your reverence of God grow. Then understanding sinks in.

Write down all the areas of your life that you know that you need more wisdom. This list should be added to daily as we discover where we are lacking.