Three Ways to Gain Wisdom

Pastor Mark Schlatter is an Associate Pastor at International Christian Center

Pastor Mark Schlatter is an Associate Pastor at International Christian Center

Have you ever made a decision that ended up being wrong, and it cost you deeply? Maybe you married the wrong person or made a terrible career choice. Possibly, you have trouble in your life because you continuously make unwise choices.
           
According to dictionary.com, wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. How are we to gain this knowledge and good judgment? Vernon Saunders said, "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards." We all need wisdom, but learning it at the school of hard knocks is probably not the best place to receive it. So what do we do? There has to be a better way than making a lifetime of mistakes.
 
The Bible tells us that, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding... (Psalm 111:10). Does that mean that if we're afraid of God, we will be wise? No. In this case, "fear" means respect and reverence. Therefore, living a life in which you honor God, and obey what He tells you to do is where wisdom begins.
 
2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."

Psalm 119: 105 "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

Whether we are making seemingly small decisions or huge, life-altering ones, the wisdom we need is found in the scriptures. The question then arises, "How do we find the wisdom in the scriptures?" Let me give you a few ways.

First, you need to read the scriptures yourself. Pick up a Bible, use a Bible app on your phone, or read it on the web. The more you read the scriptures, the better your understanding of what God wants for your life will become. 

Second, look for online resources. A great benefit of today's technology is how quickly you can search the Bible. If you were to use biblegateway.com and you searched "Jesus," immediately you would find 1,300 scriptures that mention His name. Another way to find Bible answers is to simply Google something like, "What does the Bible say about forgiveness?" When I did, I had 1.59 million hits in .45 seconds. The first on the list was a link to openbible.info that listed 81 Bible verses on forgiveness. I must warn you that even though the information on the internet is often good, you must be careful to check that what the website says matches the Bible.
 
Third and lastly, I encourage you to do is talk with other Christians who understand the scriptures. Often, when we are going through a problem, the insights of another person (who is not so emotionally invested) can really help us. Find a good, Bible-believing church and begin attending. Join a small group that studies the Bible and lifts you up.