Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but who companion of fools will be destroyed. New King James Version (NKJV) Every day we need wisdom, even when we make small decisions. We may desire to be smart, we may go to school, or college, or even a university to get education and to become “smart.” Some people pretend that they are “smart,” and they ignore a wise person’s awareness concerning things they plan to do. But it doesn’t meter how we think about our self, the inevitable consequences of our choices follow us to their end, whether we like it or not. We may enjoy some of the consequences of our decisions, but some others hurt us in sometimes unforeseeable ways.
King Solomon was a wise man, as Bible says; divine wisdom was given to him. Kings 4:29-34 God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts. There was nothing beyond him, nothing he couldn’t handle. Solomon’s wisdom outclassed the vaunted wisdom of wise men of the East, outshone the famous wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone—wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, wiser than Heman, wiser than Calcol and Darda the sons of Mahol. The Message(MSG)
However he performed unwise actions as well: for instance, he built idolatrous temples for his foreign wives. I think if he would not have married foreign girls, he would not have been compelled to hang out with them and thus would not have built temples for their “gods.” Perhaps Solomon said these words in his already advanced years, “…who companion of fools will be destroyed,” when he saw that his foreign wives had turned his heart away from Jehovah God of Israel – he realized – he made wrong choices, and he said, “He who walks with wise men will be wise.”
Wisdom: it is not just knowledge we gain through living, “Wisdom is an understanding of how to apply knowledge in every particular situation.” During our life we can acquire (sometimes excessive)knowledge in many areas. We may do things, but through a lack of understanding. For instance, how to save our marriage, how to raise our children or how to communicate with people. Wisdom brings us ideas in a right moment, wisdom makes us needed everywhere.
First you need to know: Wisdom comes from God; Luke 21:15, I will give you the wisdom to know what to say. None of your enemies will be able to oppose you or to say that you are wrong.Contemporary English Version (CEV) So, wisdom can be given to us, but how? What should we do?Where should we go to receive it? If you want to learn from God, you have to hang out with God, and spend quality time with Him frequently, not just five minutes a day, or a week. Can you imagine yourself going to school everyday for just five minutes? What will you learn then in such a short time? The answer is “Well, probably not very much!” My advice, then, is this: make a decision to read your Bible every day, and talk to God when you read, and apply His wisdom to all of the situations you face every day.
Secondly, you must evaluate whom you are friends with. Are they wise people? See the fruits they produce, not just what they say. You may not even notice that you hang out with somebody who consistently puts you down and causes trouble. Find wise people to hang out with, they might tell you sometimes that you are wrong but in the same way, they may direct you to make a correct choice and help you to acquire wisdom. Do not think you can do this all by your self. Be open to receiving advice from wise people. Bible says in Proverbs 24:6 Battles are won by listening to advice and making a lot of plans. Contemporary English Version (CEV)
So we learned this today: if we want to become wise, there is two little things that needed to be done:
1) be a close friend to God, read your Bible, meditate on the words, and apply these words to everyday life,
2) acquire wise friends, you may know many people, but be friends with the wise.
One more verse from the Bible I want to leave for you today;
Proverbs 4:7 Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
Pastor Vasyl Pechko