The Search for Wisdom – Part 1

The Search for Wisdom – Part 2

How do we make wise decisions? It is learned through making mistakes, or is it more than that?

I believe that the more clearly we see the reality of the world, the better equipped we are to deal with the complexities of life. But the more our minds are clouded by falsehood, misperceptions, and illusions, the harder it will be for us to determine correct courses of action and make wise decisions.

Our view of reality is like a map with which to negotiate the terrain of life. If the map is true and accurate, we will generally know where we are. And if we have decided where we want to go, we will generally know how to get there. But if our map is false, if it’s inaccurate, we generally will be lost, stumbling in the darkness.

I wonder how many of us are living with false ideas about life – false ideas about reality. I wonder how many of us might have false ideas about God and spiritual reality. One of the things I find when I meet with men is that many have false ideas about God and Christianity.

Proverbs tells us that a key to growing in wisdom is to first realize you’re not wise – recognizing that there’s so much that I don’t know yet. That’s where you and I need to be. If you believe that you’ve “arrived”, that you are wiser than everybody else – well, you just stepped back into the darkness.

So a good place to be is to recognize, “I do like wisdom. I am needy.” That’s a great place to be. In James 4:6, scripture tells us, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Then Proverbs 3:6a, 7-11 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom… knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”


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