How to Find Wisdom –
The first step in finding Wisdom is to Ask for it. This step is critical to finding wisdom – so if you haven’t read this part, please click here to read it!
Seeking wisdom is our next step.
The question is where do we seek it at? We are going to look at seeking it in 2 places: the Word and the World. This week we’ll focus on the Word.
Seeking Wisdom in the Word
As Christian’s we are given the Holy Spirit and the Word (the Bible) to guide us in everyday living. The Word isn’t a direct how-to guide for life, but coupled with the Holy Spirit it is so much more:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12
So while the Word won’t tell you what first foods to feed your baby, what car is the best to buy, specifically how to handle a situation with your boss or your husband, or if you should start a business – it does give you principles to help you figure out what to do. These are the principles that we need to seek out – and we need the Holy Spirit to help show them to us. Wisdom then comes from correctly applying these principles to the situation at hand.
Why doesn’t God just give us all the answers in the Bible?
Chris and I have had this discussion quite a few times as we’ve been grappling with some decision we have to make. We like direct, straight-forward answers. We are planners, and we like to have all our ducks in a row and figure out all the angles before we make a decision. I can’t tell you how many spreadsheets we’ve created over the years trying to make the “right” decision. But you know what I’ve found –
Life has too many variables!
It doesn’t all fit into a nice little equation of do X and Y and you’ll get Z. It just doesn’t work that way. How many self-help books have you seen promote their “magic formula”? It works great for some, okay maybe for others, and is an absolute disaster for the rest. Formulas and rules just don’t work for everyone and every situation.
Principles allow us to look a the bigger picture in a situation and apply wisdom.
God’s Word is full of Principles. Some of the principles are spelled out directly for us (Love one another. John 13:34). Some are told through life stories in the Bible (obedience to God is the best choice (Jonah’s story)). Yet other principles are seen in parables and metaphors. God even gave us 2 whole books full of Principles in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes!
In order to know the principles that God has given us in His Word we’ve got to seek them out. A concordance is very helpful for this purpose. Many study Bibles contain a small topical concordance that can help you find a specific topic you are looking for. My Life Application Study Bible is my personal favorite. I also like to use Bible Gateway when I’m looking for some Biblical principles for an area I need wisdom on.
As you’re seeking wisdom continue to spend time in prayer about the subject. It’s amazing how He’ll lead you to the principles He wants you to find. It may be in a place you’ve never seen before or a verse you’ve read a 1,000 times – but you will find Him and His wisdom when you Seek.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:13
Next Wisdom Wednesday we’ll take a look at Seeking Wisdom in the World. So tell me – what are some areas are you looking for Wisdom in right now?
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