“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)
The Bible informs us that true, righteous wisdom is found only in God. Success in obtaining this wisdom requires understanding and appropriating trust in God over and above any faith we have in anyone or anything else. As long as we agree with and rely on worldly experiences, opinions, knowledge and understanding, we will be opposed to godly wisdom. For Christians, there are only two paths: the wisdom of God or our own foolish understanding. Our sin nature concurs with the ungodly path, which is encouraged by the world, with which we should contend. Victorious Christian discipleship depends on a biblical worldview.
The development of wisdom occurs through the same avenue as the development of all spiritual fruit, from the inside out, in the heart and mind first. This necessitates honest self-examination under the influence of the Holy Spirit and a desire to practice new approaches to daily living, with God’s help, for His glory. By fulfilling our calling to live by God’s grace, believers will find healing and refreshment in the benefits of wisdom. This year, do you want to make wise financial decisions? Are you concerned about your children’s spiritual training or their future education? Would you like wisdom for your marriage or friendships? Which path will you choose?