Ask for Wisdom

God tells us to ask for wisdom and it will be given to us. "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)." Here is some wisdom for the book of Proverbs.

  1. A wise person understands that they could be wrong and listens to others for advice. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (Prov. 12:15)."
  2. A wise person understands that unchallenged opinions often seem right. It is important to hear both sides of the issue before making a judgment. "The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him (Prov. 18:17)."
  3. A wise person loves discipline because he knows it will give him more understanding. "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid (Prov. 12:1)."
  4. A wise person listens to a rebuke even if it is not delivered the way he would like it. He looks at it as a way to learn instead of an insult. "A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool (Prov. 17:10)."
  5. A wise person understands that he is not a good judge of himself and lets others determine if he is wise. "Do you see a man who is wise in is own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Prov. 26:12)."

One who is wise is understanding, "a fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion (Prov. 18:2)."


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