By Mack Fowler, III
One of the things that has been a constant theme in my life, is my desire for more wisdom! I can remember back to the days in children’s church when my children’s pastor would teach on a proverb each week for a few months. If I think back, those lessons and day in children’s church are the lessons and services that have passed the test of time and still carry with me today! So, I want to give you three steps to becoming wiser.
1. Build Your Life on Christ
Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter seven, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the flood-waters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
I have read that Scripture many, many times! But what I have recently discovered in my life: that if you build your life and more importantly your relationship with God on Him and Him alone, you are like the wise man. Paul says in Ephesians 2:20, “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.” The wise man was wise because he built his house (life) on Christ. When the rain, flood-waters, and wind (trials & rough seasons of your life) come, you will not crumble and collapse with a mighty crash.
2. Fear the Lord
Furthermore in Proverbs, chapter nine, verse 10, the Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Now, you could probably say that this should be number one because the Bible does say this is the beginning, but between knowing Him and fearing they are both very important. Anyway, what is the Bible saying when it says, “Fear the Lord?” I believe that there is an aspect of respect and honor for the Lord that is very important, but I also think it means literally having a level of fear of God.
I had a dream in which Jesus visited me, and it was the most vivid dream I ever had! In this dream, Jesus simply flew into my room in all his glory, and power, and holiness and floated above me with His arms held out. He never said a word or even moved from the place He stopped in. My only reaction was complete and utter fear. Actually, I was terrified! Jesus in all His glory was right in front of me, and I was a sinner who deserved to die. I had a new understanding to what Isaiah felt like in Isaiah chapter six that he was a man of “unclean lips.” I was saved at this point in my life, but I felt the weight of every sin in my life. I put the Holy One, who is standing before me, on the cross! When I woke up, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in my room, and He shared with me that not only is He my Father and Savior and that He loves me very much. He also is a Sovereign, All-Powerful, Glorious King who rules with justice and holds the power of life and death in His hands. So, do we respect and honor him? Yes, but we also need to remember: He is a King who is Sovereign, All-Powerful, and Glorious!
3. Be Teachable
Finally, Proverbs 9:9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” A wise person will hear instruction, follow it, and become wiser. Be quick to learn, ready to gain understanding, and be available to pull Godly wisdom from anywhere—even the most ungodly people. God is humorous sometimes and will show you wisdom from people or things that you wouldn’t expect to find wisdom from!
One of the goals in my life is to be a person who is always willing to learn! Whether it’s learning more about the Lord, learning in academics, or simply life lessons from those who have lived longer than I and have gained wisdom through those years. I always want to be one who is willing to learn, and be taught.
I pray that these three things will help those of you who share my desire to gain more wisdom! For all the wise out there: There is always more! And those who are seeking: apply these three principles, ask God for more wisdom, seek wisdom, and you will find wisdom. Start with the book of Proverbs. Set yourself around people who have spent much of their lives with God and just listen to them and receive. Then, continually ask God for more wisdom, because He will surely give it. I think wisdom is one of those things that God just can’t wait for us to pray for, because He really wants to give it to us! He gave it to Solomon, and all Solomon did was simply ask.
“My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright.”
Proverbs 2:1-7 (NKJV)
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