Wisdom is defined by a dictionary as understanding what is true, right and lasting and acting upon it.
I’ll like to talk about a man whose name could have been interpreted as confusion, from the sound of the name he was known by. But he was by no means confused at all. Confucius, a Chinese teacher and the most famous philosopher was born in 561BC. His full name was Kong Qui. Due to the turmoil and injustice he saw, he set himself to develop a new moral code based on respect, honesty, education, kindness, education, kindness and strong family bonds. His teaching later became the basics for religious and moral belief and life throughout China.
Confucius identified 3 ways to learn wisdom:
1. By reflection» this is the noblest way of acquiring wisdom. When you reflect and meditate, you have great tendencies of learning wisdom.
2. By imitation» this is the easiest way of learning wisdom. If you are up for the easy way out, just look for a wise person, copy and paste his ways. Jesus is the Wisdom of God. You see that God really loves us and really does not want us to be stressed out. The disciples were called Christians in Antioch because they were “imitators” of Christ. This is the best way ever. Imitate Christ through His Words. Imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). We can have mentors too. Like Apostle Paul said, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” in 1 Corinthians 11:1.
3. By experience» this is the bitterest way to learn wisdom. This way, you launch into the forest without any map per se. There are no road signs that would help you take caution. Well, I don’t seem to like this way.
*How To Gain Wisdom
God makes a man wise. He is the custodian of wisdom. Here are some things you must do if you want to be wise:
1. Be a seeker of the truth» You must remember that wise men still seek God. The 3 wise men sought the King of kings (Matthew 2:1-2). God’s Word is The Truth that one must seek if he must be wise (see John 17:17). Seek to allow God lead you by His truth (Psalm 25:5).
2. Fear God» The fear of The Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). If you want to be wise, fear God. It’s a simple equation.
3. Cultivate the mind of a beginner» Do not despise the days of little beginning (Zechariah 4:10). The wise is ready to start from scratch. He knows well enough not to build the roof of his house first before the foundation. He lays a solid foundation for his life. He builds on the Chief Cornerstone- Jesus.
4. Think first and talk later» A wise person is swift to listen but slow to speak. The way Jesus handled the case of the woman that was accused of adultery in John 8 verses 1 to 11 depicts great wisdom. He didn’t talk much. The little He spoke drove the point He had to make right home.
5. Read and study» You know the saying that “If you wish to hide a treasure from a black man, hide keep it on the pages of a book”? The wise must learn to read and study. They dig deep into Scriptures. Study to show yourself approved unto God (see 2 Timothy 2:15). When you are sure of what God says, you won’t have to bow your face in shame.
6. Be Humble» It is wisdom to be humble. Because you don’t want to be debased right? God despises the proud. The haughty is simply a fool (see Proverbs 16:18). I came across this quote:
“Be humble for you are made of dirt. Be noble for you are made of stars.”
7. Learn to recognize your faults» Take responsibility for you errors. When you fail, face it. Don’t ignore your issues or mistakes. A wise person faces his challenges head on, looks for the way out of the pit he has found himself and marches forward. Adam and Eve refused to take responsibility for their actions and I think that’s the dumbest thing man ever did.
8. Uncomplicate your life» Slow down. Do not become the ‘jack of all trade and the master of none’. Whatever you do, do it well. Joseph and Daniel were known for interpreting dreams and they were really good at it.
9. Ask questions» It’s fine to be inquisitive. Ask questions about things you do not know or you are not sure about. No one knows everything. So, do not even try to act like you do. Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). Using a dull ax requires great strength,
so sharpen the blade.
That’s the value of wisdom;
it helps you succeed (Ecclesiastes 10:10).
Benefits Of Wisdom
1. A wise man will always stand out. Uniqueness is his first name. One wise person is stronger than ten leading citizens of a town! (Ecclesiastes 7:19) How wonderful to be wise,
to analyze and interpret things (Ecclesiastes 8:1a). Wisdom makes a person likeable. It removes sternness from his face.
2. Wisdom gives secret knowledge. Just like in the case of Daniel and Joseph. They were privy to information beyond the knowledge of any other person in existence. Or who knows the dream someone else dreamt if not a wise person? Someone in whom The Spirit of God lives.
3. Wisdom makes you experience inner joy which radiates on the outside. Wisdom lights up a person’s face, softening its harshness (Ecclesiastes 8:1b).
4. Wisdom changes the inner disposition of a person. Wisdom changes the disposition of the man that possesses her. He does not have the mind of a mediocre.
Wisdom is profitable to direct. . .