“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NIV
What is true wisdom? Wisdom is recognizing that you don’t know everything. It’s accepting that you’re not perfect. It’s admitting that you have made a mistake and that you need help. It’s seeking out and listening to those who have walked down the same paths successfully. It’s taking responsibility for your mistakes and not blaming others for the consequences of those mistakes. It’s learning from your mistakes.
True wisdom takes true humility and patience. You have to be humble and submit to God. You have to trust and know that his ways and timing are perfect. Wisdom is not putting God in a box. It’s realizing that God provides wisdom in all forms. It could come from an expert, a friend, a family member or the simplicity of a child’s words. Before shunning someone’s advice, pray, it may be the Lord speaking through them.
True wisdom is seeing the things in your life that hinder you from receiving answers. It’s being able to not only recognizing and pointing out the faults of others but recognizing and pointing out your own faults. Are you selfish? Are you bitter? Are you prideful? Are you arrogant? Are you greedy? Are you lazy? Are you afraid? Are you jealous of others? Are you stuck mourning the loss of a dream? Do these things prevent you from rejoicing in the blessings of others?
I know these are ugly words. They sting and your first response may be to become defensive. You might even be tempted to look at the person next to you with accusation but try to fight these urges. It’s ok if you see these things in yourself. Trust me, you’re not alone. True wisdom sees and asks God to remove these things from your heart. It recognizes that you will become better by His grace.
True wisdom is a rare gem. It’s priceless and it can be hard to find. It does not seek you out but you have to seek it.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV