06 Aug 2020

Wealth In Wisdom

Much of our life is spent in pursuit of things . . . education, material gain, the perfect mate, a house on a hill, the fountain of youth, the top of the corporate ladder, and the list goes on and on! But many of these things can be found and achieved when we place wisdom as priority in pursuit. Our Father created man so uniquely when He placed within us a brain — a mind, that would have the capacity to think and make decisions for ourselves. However, He never intended for those decisions to be independent of guidance from Him. If we are honest and look introspectively, we can recall decisions and actions made without consulting God and leaning to our own understanding.

The bible speaks to us through many passages of scripture about the invaluable possession of wisdom. One such passage is found in Proverbs 3: 13 – 17 (KJV) which illuminates the value of wisdom.

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that
getteth understanding.
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise
of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things
thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Length of days is in her right hand; and in her
left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all
her paths are peace.”

A person cannot find wisdom if they do not search for it, and if they are not open to receive it. Once wisdom is found, knowledge is the byproduct! Kind of a two for one, wouldn’t you say? The word tells us that the value and gain that comes from wisdom is far above precious silver, gold, and the rarest of precious jewels. When you come to the full recognition of that fact, you will understand that nothing can compare. Yet, the potential and result of wisdom is riches and honor! The possession of wisdom adds length of days to your life and ensures pleasantness to your ways and peace to your paths. So why is it that we don’t all understand the merit of wisdom? Oftentimes it is not until we have succumbed to our human frailties that we resort to the only thing left, the acquisition of wisdom. A consequence often of trial and error. There comes a time when our own strength, intellect, and will must bow to wisdom. Some experiences are for us to obtain wisdom and knowledge, while others could be avoided if we allowed wisdom and knowledge to guide our actions.

So how do we obtain wisdom, that is the $64,000 question?!

1) Get to know yourself – your weaknesses and your strengths. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself Is true power.” Lao Tzo
2) Find others that you can learn from – those who possess wisdom and it is evident in the life they lead and their successes
3) Maintain a teachable spirit and attitude at all times, even when you’re the teacher!
4) Notice the extraordinary in the simplest of things.
5) Turn your wounds into wisdom. (Oprah Winfrey)
6) Consider your words before you speak them.
7) Learn from your failures.
8) Don’t just grow old, grow wiser!
9) One who possesses wisdom lives in faith, fairness, and favor.
10) True wisdom only comes from God.

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