How do you obtain wisdom for Christian living? Do you bank on your own reason or do you somehow rely on God? I think we all would like to think we are trusting God and not ourselves, right? But are you really seeking God’s wisdom? Or do you end up accidentally relying on your own reasoning day after day? Too often what really happens is far from the ideal. We intend to pray but we forget. We want to read the Bible but somehow it gets dusty. How to go about obtaining wisdom for Christian living?
Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
(Proverbs 1:7, MSG,*)
We need to be trained in God’s deep wisdom. The best way to interact with God is through prayer. Make room for prayer before your feet hit the ground every day. Pray for guidance during the day. Take a minute to just listen to God now and then. Have your date with God on regular basis. Make Jesus your best friend.
Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
(Proverbs 2:1-5, MSG,*)
Read the Word of God. Daily. Make it a habit, it will bless you in abundance. And if you sometimes forget, get back on track as soon as possible. Don’t seek as much counsel from friends and family as from God. And his counsel is written in the Bible. A few verses will do if you don’t have more time, even that keeps you centered. And read prayerfully, asking for wisdom and guidance.
I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” (Col. 2:2-4, MSG,*)
Wisdom for Christian living is found in Jesus. No gimmicks needed. All the wisdom you need is found in Jesus and through Jesus. He invites you to interact with him on daily basis through prayer and the word of God. That’s the way to rely on God and not on your own understanding. And that’s wisdom, all right!
Help us to seek your wisdom daily.
Empower us to center our lives on Christ.
Draw us into your Word.
Enable us listen to your voice.
Help us to rely on you not on our own understanding.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How do you obtain wisdom for Christian living?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you train in God’s deep wisdom!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]
Image courtesy of Jordan Wiseman, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke. This post is refurbished from 2010. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Unforced Rhythms, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1108. God’s wisdom is to be found in Jesus.
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