TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Genesis 30:1–31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Proverbs 3:13-15 (CSB) “Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire can equal her.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

The first thing we must do to understand our Verses for Today and enjoy their blessings is to define wisdom … which may be a little bit harder than some may realize.

Why?

Because wisdom isn’t strictly defined in Scripture. The closest we get to a definition is in verses like Proverbs 9:10 where it gives us various aspects of wisdom …

Proverbs 9:10 (CSB) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10 is very helpful, though. From this verse, we learn that wisdom is spiritual. It is directly tied to our relationship with the Lord. Wisdom’s basis is being captivated by God’s glory, submitting to Him, and desiring to live in such a way that we attract His blessings and not His discipline.

But, it still doesn’t really give us a definition for what wisdom is.

It would seem that we can deduce from all of the wisdom literature in Scripture that wisdom is the experiential knowledge we need to do well at life. Wisdom is the ability to see things as they are and make good choices that result in beneficial, right, and God-honoring outcomes. Wisdom is the ability to make moral, good, Jesus-honoring choices as we submit ourselves to the Lord and depend upon Him to ultimately guide us as we make those choices.

So, when we read our Verses for Today, we realize that the person who is growing in wisdom is incredibly blessed.

Proverbs 3:13-15 (CSB) “Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she (wisdom) is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire can equal her.”

Well, I don’t know about you but I want something that contains such blessings. I want wisdom that is so much more valuable than gold, silver, and precious jewels.

So, let’s end with the obvious question: “If wisdom is so wonderful, how do I get it?”

Let me share 7 habits that I have observed in the Bible and in my own experience:

1. Submit yourself completely to the Lord

Proverbs 9:10 (CSB) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

2. Since God is infinitely wise, spend much time with the Book He has written (the Bible).

1 Corinthians 1:24-25 “Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

3. Reflect regularly upon the Gospel and upon Jesus.

Colossians 2:2-3 “I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

4. Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom, believing that He will give it to you.

James 1:5-6 (CSB) “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting…”

5. Spend much time with wise people, particularly folks who are older than you.

Proverbs 13:20 (CSB) “The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Job 12:12 (CSB) “Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.”

6. Humbly receive correction and instruction from others and make the necessary adjustments in your thinking and actions.

Proverbs 19:20 (CSB) “Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life.”

7. Opportunities to grow in wisdom are all around you so reflect upon and learn from life’s experiences.

Proverbs 1:20-21 (CSB) “Wisdom calls out in the street; she makes her voice heard in the public squares. She cries out above the commotion; she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:”