How Do I Obtain Wisdom? (Y1.T1.D44)
Updated: Nov 27
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Yesterday I wrote about how we need wisdom to fulfill the Great Commission. But how does someone gain wisdom?
Proverbs 9:10 reminds us: "The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom. The knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Strong's Concordance, indicates the Hebrew word for "fear" used in this verse is yirah. The Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries explains the word this way:
Moses was filled with fear (yirah) when he begged God to see His glory and could not behold it lest he should die. Moses could not see God face to face. The Israelites were filled with fear (yirah) when Moses came down Mount Sinai; they were so shaken that they promised with one voice to do whatever the Lord said.
Wisdom begins when we humbly recognize the vast difference between God and ourselves. Once we are open to training, Psalm 25 promises: "What man is he who fears Yahweh? He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose" (v 12).
These are the type of people Jesus chose to eventually send out and "preach" Mark 3:14. The Savior didn’t choose elite or proud men. He chose men ready to learn.
Andrew first studied under John the Baptist, then Jesus. (John 1:40–41)
Matthew left lucrative work to become a poor student. (Luke 5:28–29)
Nathanael abandoned his stereotypes of Nazareth to follow the Son of God. (John 1:46–50)
These men required God-centered training before being sent out. They became disciples before they were ever sent to make disciples. The same is true for us. God wants to teach us. James 1:5 proclaims: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
Be My Teacher, Lord
1 To you, Yahweh, I lift up my soul.
2 My God, I have trusted in you.
Don’t let me be shamed.
Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
3 Yes, no one who waits for you will be shamed.
They will be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Yahweh.
Teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation,
I wait for you all day long.
6 Yahweh, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,
for they are from old times.
7 Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
Remember me according to your loving kindness,
for your goodness’ sake, Yahweh.
8 Good and upright is Yahweh,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
9 He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble his way.
10 All the paths of Yahweh are loving kindness and truth
to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name’s sake, Yahweh,
pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 What man is he who fears Yahweh?
He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul will dwell at ease.
His offspring will inherit the land.
14 The friendship of Yahweh is with those who fear him.
He will show them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever on Yahweh,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
Oh bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my travail.
Forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many.
They hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.
Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22 God, redeem Israel
out of all his troubles. (Psalm 25:1–22)
I need Your wisdom to fulfill my calling. Please show me Your ways, teach me Your paths, and guide me in Your truth because You are the God of my salvation (Psalm 25:4–5). I want to live each and every day for You. Whether eating, or drink, or whatever I do, I want it to be to Your glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). Help me let my light shine so others may see my good works and glorify You (Matthew 5:16).
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