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Acquiring Wisdom

Acquiring Wisdom

Some think that learning about God should be easy. But the Bible warns us that real wisdom and insight will require a great deal of effort on our part. While some prefer to call their innate impressions and their subjective feelings “wisdom,” the Bible says that real wisdom is gained through intensive study and an ardent pursuit of God. We are instructed by God to “call out for wisdom” and to “look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure” (Prov.2:3-4). God will grant it, but only to those who humbly and strenuously pursue it.


Wisdom doesn’t require superior intelligence, but it does require the work of “fearing the Lord” and a hard-earned “knowledge of God” (Prov.2:5). So if your spiritual growth has been on cruise control, it is time to “apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge” (Prov.23:12). It is time to pay less attention to your subjective impressions and more attention to the objective and propositional principles mined from God’s word. I pray that you rekindle a love for biblical learning.


May your mind be resolved to what is often an arduous hunt for an expanding knowledge of God. As Peter exhorted us may we “make every effort to add to our faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge” (2Pt.1:5).

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  1. I don’t normally use the NLT< but considering other passages throughout the Bible, I though it to be an easy read…

    Proverbs 8New Living Translation (NLT)

    Wisdom Calls for a Hearing
    8 Listen as Wisdom calls out!
    Hear as understanding raises her voice!
    2 On the hilltop along the road,
    she takes her stand at the crossroads.
    3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,
    on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
    4 “I call to you, to all of you!
    I raise my voice to all people.
    5 You simple people, use good judgment.
    You foolish people, show some understanding.
    6 Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you.
    Everything I say is right,
    7 for I speak the truth
    and detest every kind of deception.
    8 My advice is wholesome.
    There is nothing devious or crooked in it.
    9 My words are plain to anyone with understanding,
    clear to those with knowledge.
    10 Choose my instruction rather than silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.
    11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
    Nothing you desire can compare with it.
    12 “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
    13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
    14 Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are mine.
    15 Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
    16 Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgments.
    17 “I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me. (James 1:5-8)
    18 I have riches and honor,
    as well as enduring wealth and justice.
    19 My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
    20 I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
    21 Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries.
    22 “The Lord formed me from the beginning,
    before he created anything else.
    23 I was appointed in ages past,
    at the very first, before the earth began.
    24 I was born before the oceans were created,
    before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
    25 Before the mountains were formed,
    before the hills, I was born—
    26 before he had made the earth and fields
    and the first handfuls of soil.
    27 I was there when he established the heavens,
    when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
    28 I was there when he set the clouds above,
    when he established springs deep in the earth.
    29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas,
    so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
    And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
    30 I was the architect at his side.
    I was his constant delight,
    rejoicing always in his presence.
    31 And how happy I was with the world he created;
    how I rejoiced with the human family!
    32 “And so, my children, listen to me,
    for all who follow my ways are joyful.
    33 Listen to my instruction and be wise.
    Don’t ignore it.
    34 Joyful are those who listen to me,
    watching for me daily at my gates,
    waiting for me outside my home!
    35 For whoever finds me finds life
    and receives favor from the Lord.
    36 But those who miss me injure themselves.
    All who hate me love death.”

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