If I was sitting across from you over a cup of coffee and asked you the question,” do you need wisdom?” what would you say? Hopefully, your overwhelming answer would be: yes! My next question would be: “how often do you ask for it?”
Our passage today is showing us that this great treasure of wisdom is available to all who ask for it, because God gives it generously to all who ask in faith. Wisdom is essentially the application of knowledge. I could read every book on how to perform a surgery, but you wouldn’t trust me to be your surgeon unless I spent years upon years training in environments outside of a book. We need wisdom to operate in the world. It is highly valued in the book of Proverbs, as those who seek wisdom are elevated far above the foolish.
How do you begin pursuing wisdom? Outside of simply asking for it in faith, it comes from a heart that fears God. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” If you fear God over everything else, you are already far wiser than most, because you are putting God in His proper place in your life.
Here’s a challenge for you: over the course of the next week, begin each day by asking God to give you wisdom, and believe that He will answer—it is a prayer that God loves to answer!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice