Thankfully, God doesn’t say a lot about our need to be smart, though the Bible does tell us, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) The Bible certainly doesn’t tell us to be witty (whew). However, from the Bible, it’s clear that God desires and expects us to be wise.
We know that Solomon asked God for wisdom and knowledge (2 Chronicles 1:11). And we know, “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) However, if you look closely at James 1:5, it doesn’t tell us how wisdom will be given to us.
So often, we think God’s answered prayer comes completely immediately, but immediately is not mentioned in James 1:5. Let me rush to say that God may give you wisdom instantly, but if He doesn’t, then practice Proverbs 13:20: Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Wisdom is so important that God set aside an entire book of the Bible (i.e., Proverbs) to help us learn wisdom. And from Proverbs 13:20, we know that an effective way to become wise is to spend time with believers that possess wisdom. If we spend time with wise believers and observe and emulate them, then we will grow wise.
I hope you will take four minutes and listen to Steve Curtis Chapman’s song “Walk with the wise.”
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