Tuesday, February 16
Scripture: Leviticus 3-4, Proverbs 4, Acts 22
Proverbs 4:5–7 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
This chapter in Proverbs is wise advice from a father to his son, and it centers on getting wisdom and understanding. He tells his son to make the search for wisdom and understanding a priority. It may cost you all you have, but get it! Earlier in 3:13-15 he says that wisdom is more profitable than silver, yields better returns than gold, and is more precious than rubies. Get wisdom! Get understanding!
How do you do that? Here’s the first thing:
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
It starts by seeking God and knowing and honoring Him. Miss that and you miss out on wisdom and understanding. God first!
There are some other things that bring wisdom and understanding as well.
- Reflecting on life experiences. Not just having experiences, but reflecting on them. “What can I learn from this?” Those who don’t reflect on their experiences learn nothing and tend to repeat them.
- Reflecting on Scripture. Not just reading Scripture (although that’s good), but reflecting on it, asking what it means and how you can apply it.
- Wise input. Be a learner, but seek learning from good sources. Garbage in, garbage out. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Read a lot…but read wise godly sources. Watch, listen and learn…but choose wise sources. Don’t listen to fools.
Prayer: Lord, help me to get wisdom and understanding today, and to share it with others.