Wisdom is powerful.
We talked about that last week. Solomon, who was world renown for being wise, wrote many things about wisdom – one of the most powerful being: “Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
How to find Wisdom, then?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Our role is to Ask. Seek. Knock. (A.S.K.)
We’ll examine each part of this over the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at Ask first.
There are 2 things that asking requires of us. The first is the realization that we can’t find wisdom on our own. We need help. This is an act of humility.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
Asking requires us to humble ourselves and realize we are not in control, we don’t know everything, and that we in fact are not god. One of the most difficult tasks in finding wisdom is humbling ourselves and realizing we don’t have it all figured out. We like to think we can do things on our own and figure it out without God, but this just isn’t true. And until something knocks us off our feet and we humble ourselves, we can’t find wisdom.
The second is acknowledging the source of Wisdom.
“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Once we’ve humbled ourselves and realized we aren’t god, we must then acknowledge that He is. We can’t find wisdom without Him. He gave up everything so that the Holy Spirit can dwell in us and teach us all things (John 14:26). And the Holy Spirit is ours for the asking.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13
Finding wisdom starts here. Once we’ve asked for and received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38 for more info), we then need only ask for the wisdom we desire and need, through prayer.
Asking for the Holy Spirit is a one time thing, but asking for wisdom is not. We don’t just go through the steps of humbling ourselves and acknowledging God and then have it all figured out. It’s a daily (sometimes hourly) process we must go through to ask for the wisdom we need for each day.
This day is different and unique. Our circumstances and viewpoints today might not be the same tomorrow. Asking God for His wisdom needs to be a routine habit of our first morning prayer. We need it – and I’m so thankful it’s there for the asking!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
What wisdom are you asking for today? Let’s pray for and encourage each other!
Leave me a comment below or use the hashtag #AskingforWisdom so we can spur each other on as we seek God’s Wisdom for our everyday lives!