Sources of wisdom


As years go by, we should become wiser and more prepared to face and handle the future in a better way. The wisdom gathered should catapult us into new spheres of existence. Past mistakes should not recur.

Erasmus Makarimayi

Life is progressive and wisdom is needed to sustain it. The urge to develop should trigger a quest for more knowledge and understanding. Search for wider horizon upon which we interpret life takes place.

Wisdom becomes very important so that we make sound decisions and take the right course. Let’s look at key sources to draw wisdom for our dynamic and challenging lives.

The first port of call for wisdom is God. He is the creator and source of the seen and unseen. The book of Job, which is regarded as the earliest or one of the earliest biblical books to be written, gives us a clue.

In a question and answer setting, Job 28:20,28 reads: “[20] Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? [28] And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

Connecting with God by revering Him and worshipping Him positions you access to wisdom. However advanced we can become, we should always attribute God as the ultimate source.

Acknowledging and paying Him homage is the key. Proverbs 1:7 stresses: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Wisdom comes as a revelation from God. There are things not yet seen or experienced which only God is privy to. This can fall on us as a download from God.

The Bible teaches us to ask God for wisdom. James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

In search of answers and solutions, it is wise to be led and directed by God. It is naïve and suicidal to exclude God and expect to live wisely in a world He created.

The shortest route is to check with the one who holds creation in His hands. Skirting Him leads to frustration.

Wisdom is also acquired by observation of life. This is a method applied by the wise King Solomon.

He said in Ecclesiastes 1:13: “And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.”

Wise people pay attention to life and reflect on the meaning of their experiences. They also observe and study the experiences of others.

As you go by your business, take time to reflect on what you see. Don’t just look at things, but see beyond the natural eyes. Ask questions and discover hidden things.

Observation is an economic way to learn. You don’t pay fees or tuition for the lessons you learn.

Study or going to school is an integral source of wisdom. Through learning you acquire knowledge which is an input to your wisdom bank.
Daniel was pushed to pray for the end of Babylonian captivity after reading the record written by prophet Jeremiah.

After reading the record, he found out that the years of bondage had lapsed.

Daniel 9:2 reads: “In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”

May I suggest that we may stay bound if we don’t have enough and necessary information. Read your Bible and any right study material that adds value to your understanding of life lest you be bound by ignorance.

There are people who have track record of wisdom who can impart it to you. These are upright and morally sound individuals that have stood the test of time. They have seen it, faced it and conquered.
They now walk in the spirit of wisdom that when they lay their hands on you, you will receive the spirit of wisdom by impartation.

The Bible supports this as recorded in Deuteronomy 34:9 which reads: “Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.”

Wisdom is a spirit and is transferable. You need to be sure of who lays hands on you. Be careful not to allow someone walking in ignorance to lay her/his hands on you. Get wisdom for your life. You are going somewhere.

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