Saturday, March 17, 2012

How Do You Get Wisdom?

How do you get wisdom?
Proverbs 8:34
Blessed is the man who listens to me [wisdom], watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorpost.

So how do you get wisdom? The wisdom that is better than the profit of silver or fine gold (3:14), or jewels (8:11)?

In 8:34 is the answer.
  1. Listen
  2. Watch
  3. Wait

Listen to what?
Listen to wise teachers.  Find a mentor who has successfully negotiated the traps and snares of the world.  Find those old “saints” of the church, who read and study the bible, who pray and speak of answered prayers.  Find the business leader, or the college professor, and ask a real question and wait for the answer.  Don’t talk, just listen. Don’t try to impress them. And when you receive a precious jewel of wisdom, write down what they tell you…yes, take notes.

Watch whom?
Observe what goes on around you.  Don’t just walk around in a fog, pay attention to the people around you.  Are they distracted, or alert?  Are they tense, or relaxed? What can you learn from the actions of those around you?

Finally, wait.
Wait for what and how long?
I don’t know. Perhaps wait until you stop hurrying.  Until you know you can’t do everything. Until you hear from God. And how will you hear God if you are so busy talking, giving your opinion, trying to get attention, and get ahead…of what or whom, I don’t know.  It might be that you are getting a head of the very teacher God sent your way, that you could actually learn some wisdom from…but only if you stop talking.

And yes, I'm talking to myself here also...that's wisdom I can share.

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