Aug 142013
 

How to Find Wisdom –

 

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.

Continue Asking

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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  20 Responses to “How to Find Wisdom: Seek”

  1. Love this! Always need the reminders.

  2. Beautiful post! I’m looking for wisdom in EVERY area, always!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication

  3. I feel like I’m always searching for wisdom in all areas of life. I know at times there are defineatly specific areas but at the moment I don’t have just one area.

  4. I feel the same. I like lists and straightforward steps and direction. In the scriptures there’s so many layers of meaning in each verse. You learn something different each time you read it, something that applies to your situation then. I also think that He doesn’t spell things out exactly for us because #1 there wouldn’t be enough room and #2 we have to live by faith. We just have to put one foot forward before the light shines a little more on our path. You and your husband are doing the right thing, but I’m sure you know that! We are blessed when we try our best to do the right thing. And if we ever start going the wrong direction He’ll let us know.

    • That’s what I always told Chris – can you imagine how big the Bible’d have to be! Faith is harder, but I’m glad that He’s there to light my path! Thank you for the encouragement!

  5. I think we all like the straightforward and easy way. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. Looking forward to next Wednesday post because I’m curious as to how to find Wisdom in the World instead of in the Word. 🙂

    • Finding wisdom in the world definitely requires wisdom! I’m excited about this post as well. I’ve been wanting to write a few posts to deal with this topic before God gave me this series, and it just fits so perfectly!

  6. A nice moment in my day…thanks for sharing this lovely passage.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  7. True! Sometimes we are so impatient whenever we ask/seek God we want answers right away, but He have the right time for everything.

  8. Knowing what to ask for is so hard sometimes. Asking for “blanket” wisdom is always great! Thanks for posting!

  9. Variables are my toughest part of life sometimes. The unknown can be quite stressful if I let it.

  10. I like using Bible Gateway as well, it’s nice that they have so many translations and resources right there for each text you’re looking at! Thanks for sharing =)

    • That’s exactly why I like it – I like to look a the versions side-by-side sometimes. The blue-letter Bible (online) is nice too for looking up words in Greek, but Biblegateway is my go to.

  11. I too am a planner and so often wish I could have clear guidelines on WHAT TO DO. But I like how you say that we should live by the guiding principles and not a specific guide of what to do. If we are following the principles laid out for us, we will most likely make the right choice. I have to pray about the possibility of making a mistake because I hate that! I have to have faith that if I do, God will help me sort it out. Nice post, thank you

    • The “Yes to God” book had some REALLY great suggestions for helping to deal with the question of “Am I hearing God or is it just me.” I hate making a mistake as well – and I’m always afraid I’ve done something wrong – which comes for a childhood of “never doing anything right”. I pray that God will help you in this area as He is continuing to work on me!

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