Seeking Wisdom

I have always been the type of guy who seeks wisdom from others.  In the multitude of counselors there is safety.  Throughout my 13 years of pastoral ministry, I have sought wisdom from many people.  I try to balance the types of people I seek wisdom from, so that I can get a good rounded answer.  I have been blessed to have mentors and friends who have been very helpful to me through these years of ministry.

Today I read an article that talked about seeking wisdom.  Here is some great insight from Ron Edmonson:

“The Bible is full of encouragement to seek wisdom.

Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. Proverbs 20:18

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Proverbs 4:5

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

I highly encourage you to seek wisdom.

The teachings on wisdom are like all other teachings within the Bible.  They should be understood within the context of the rest of Scripture.  Recently I was reading in the book of Isaiah and came across a verse that adds a spin to the issue of seeking wisdom:

You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Isaiah 47:13

I was reminded of three important principles regarding wisdom:

  1. Gaining wisdom is invaluable, but we need to make sure we are listening to the right words of wisdom.
  2. After we have sought wisdom from reliable advisors and we are left to make a decision, ultimately the responsibility to move forward in action is ours.
  3. The wisdom we should seek first and foremost is from God.  Learning to know and hear His voice should be our number one goal in attaining wisdom.

Are you in need of wisdom?  Besides God, who do you go to when you need a word of wisdom?” –Ron Edmonson-

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