One of the attitudes that I try very hard to guard against is thinking that I am pretty smart, and that there isn’t much that I don’t know. When you get to be an old guy like me, and have read as many books as I have read, listened to as many sermons, lectures, and podcasts as I have listened to, and studied for and preached as many sermons as I have preached, it is easy to drift over into the arena of being an arrogant know-it-all.
My Dad used to say, “If you think you are pretty smart you are probably dumber than a fence post.” A characteristic of smart people is they know how much information and knowledge is out there that they still don’t know.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor,
But with the humble is wisdom.
One of the most important truths in the Bible is that God gives wisdom, and He doesn’t give it to those who think they already have it.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
There are five essentials to becoming wiser every day you live.
1. Acknowledge how little you really do know and how much is out there still to learn.
2. Ask God to give you wisdom every day. God loves to give wisdom to those who ask and ask a lot.
3. Seek wisdom like gold, silver, and precious jewels, be a lifelong learner. Read good books, listen to good sermons and podcasts, write what you learn so you don’t forget it.
4. A practice that pleases God very much is to ask people around you to give you advice and counsel. The humility factor is a huge deal to God. He will sovereignly funnel information and wisdom through them because of your humility of seeking knowledge from another person.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
5. Read the Bible every day, and memorize two verses a week until you die.