How to Grow in Wisdom

Wise Christian

Wisdom is the quickness of the intellect for the right use, exercise, and understanding of knowledge. 

We all need wisdom for our daily activities. It grows with time and exercise. 

We can obtain and grow in wisdom by prayer (James 1:5). God is the fountain of all wisdom. It gives it liberally to all who ask. He wants us to ask it from him through prayer. 

We also grow in wisdom through the fear of God in our hearts. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).

Anyone who fears God and avoids sin grows in wisdom. A child will show wisdom in words, action, and intellect when he has the fear of God in his heart. God gives it to anyone who regards and reverence him regardless of age. 

The wisdom of a man is also enhanced by the study of God's word and other books with relevant knowledge. Paul admonished Timothy to study regularly to grow in wisdom so he can be useful to God in service (2 Timothy 2:15).

God demands that we grow in wisdom through study before we can get his approval for service. 

We can also grow in wisdom by being faithful followers to wise people (Proverbs 13:20). Follow those who know the way. We soon learn the ways of those we follow. The wise learn wisdom from the wise and foolishness from the foolish. 

Don't follow the wrong people or you will soon learn their ways. Evil company corrupts good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).

We also grow in wisdom by following the wise counsel of the wise (Proverbs 19:20). The counsel of the ungodly leads astray. We are told to cease hearing instructions or counsel that errs from the words of knowledge (Proverbs 19:27). Discern instructions and motives before you receive them. 

We also grow in wisdom by godly rebukes. We shouldn't be angry when corrected by someone with the right motive to see us as a better person (Ecclesiastes 7:5). However, godly rebuke is different from baseless criticisms by some who derive pleasure in pointing out the mistakes of others to shame them. This is judging which Christ condemns! (Matthew 7:1-5).

We also grew in wisdom when we maintain a close relationship with God. The Lord gives wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). We can only give what we have to someone who is close to us and not far away or wait till he returns. 

Maintain a close relationship with God in prayer, study of his word and meditation. You will grow in wisdom to the maximum. 
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