Wisdom is knowing what to do and say in any situation that God sovereignly puts us in. It is great to have wisdom when you are raising your kids, in your marriage, at work, with your neighbors, and especially when problems and obstacles to your goals come up. Knowing what to do and what to say in every situation, that sounds so cool. There are some basic requirements needed to become wise. The first one is humility, that is you have to admit that you are very much lacking in wisdom, the one who thinks he already is wise will remain a fool. Everybody and his Uncle thinks that they are pretty smart, and they have an answer for everything.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”.
A humble person is not a know it all, and they are humble enough to ask others for advice and counsel about anything and everything.
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.
A wise person is someone who knows how important wisdom is for success in every area of life. Because they realize how little wisdom they really have they are always seeking for wisdom in every way with a sense of desperation. Fools think they are wise enough, and have an opinion about everything, and seldom ask for advice or counsel from anybody.
We seem to have moved into an age where most people do that which is right in their own eyes. An age where most are a know it all, where most think their opinion is right. As a culture moves in the direction of pride, arrogance, and foolishness more and more conflict erupts in families, in work places, in community’s and between countries.
A characteristic of truly wise people is graciousness and gentleness in relationships. Fools are relationally stupid, and in the midst of the conflicts that they provoke they are sure it is everybody else’s fault. After every tense moment with another person in my life I journal and ask myself, “what could I have said or done differently to have prevented that situation from happening?” Every morning I pray and declare to God that I am greatly lacking in wisdom and I ask God to give me more wisdom and to guide me to those who can give me good counsel in every area of life.