7 Signs That You Are Pursuing Wisdom
Wisdom is known to come from age and experience. However, I believe that wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with just years, but time spent fearing the Lord. In Proverbs 14:26 it says that “In the fear of the Lord, one has strong confidence.”
Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom. For this blog post, I studied through Proverbs and bulleted out some of the main points that I found!
Has God been putting the topic of wisdom on your heart? Here are 7 signs that you are pursuing wisdom.
1. Fear of the Lord
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). Nothing is more admirable than a God-fearing individual. To fear the Lord is to have a devotion to obeying God’s commandments and to live with integrity, knowing that you have an audience of one.
2. Exercised Discipline
According to the Bible, discipline is directly related to wisdom. Whoever loves discipline, loves knowledge (Proverbs 12:1). The disciplined person will go farther faster because they know that although in the moment discipline is painful, later it will yield a peaceful fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).
3. You Seek Wise Counsel
Wisdom seeks counsel. Part of being wise is being humble enough to ask for advice. Mentors are a great source of guidance since they have walked further down the path of life. A mentor can be anyone willing to offer advice or counsel to you, it doesn’t always have to be something fancy or formal.
4. You are Slow to Speak and Quick to Listen
Our words have an impact. Proverbs even goes so far to say that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). A few ways that we can be intentional in conversation is by thinking before speaking (Proverbs 17:27) and being a good listener.
5. Strong Work Ethic
If you are pursuing wisdom, you are likely a very hard working person. Diligence in your work brings wealth (Proverbs 10:4). Also, when you are skillful in your work, you will go far (Proverbs 22:29). Lots of wisdom, steadfastness, and perseverance come with hard work, because you know you are laboring for God and that your reward is in heaven.
6. You Seek God Diligently
The wise individual knows that, ultimately, God is in control. We can make plans, but God is the one who establishes our steps (Proverbs 16:9). Pray earnestly for your will to be aligned with God’s will. Seek the Lord diligently through reading His word and coming to prayer before every step, decision, and day.
7. You are Humble
One of my favorite Bible verses of all time is Proverbs 22:4: the reward for humility and fear of the Lord and riches and honor and life. When you don’t feel “rich” for living a Godly life and fearing the Lord, remember the truth found in this verse. Another point on humility is not speaking of your own accomplishments, but giving God the glory (Proverbs 27:2).
As you pursue wisdom, pursue fear of the Lord. Grow in discipline. Seek wise counsel through a mentor or ask someone to disciple you.
Realize the influence your words have on others. Work hard for the glory of God. Seek God’s will diligently and be humble in your words and actions.
What is one way that you can grow in wisdom?
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