Learning to Be Wise

7 “Now, O LORD my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. 8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! 9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:7-14 NLT

The benefits of wisdom…

Wisdom allows me to be happier

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. PROVERBS 2:10 NLT
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. PROVERBS 3:18 NLT

Wisdom will make my life easier

Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. PROVERBS 2:12 NLT

Wisdom will make me wealthier

For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. PROVERBS 8:11 NLT
To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. PROVERBS 19:8 NLT

Wisdom will make my relationships stronger

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. PROVERBS 24:3 NLT

In order to become wise I must…

Respect God for who he is

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. PROVERBS 3:7 NLT
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom… PROVERBS 9:10 NLT
Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor. PROVERBS 15:33 NLT

Obey God’s instructions

Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. PSALM 111:10 NLT
Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. PHILIPPIANS 2:12 NLT

Ask God for wisdom

Wise people don’t tell you how smart they are, fools do.
For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. PROVERBS 2:6 NLT
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. JAMES 1:5 NLT

Community Group Questions

  1. How have you seen the lack of wisdom cause harm in your life or the life of someone you care about?
  2. Which of the four benefits of wisdom (happier, easier, wealthier, stronger) is most appealing to you at this point in your life? Why?
  3. How does Pastor Matt’s definition of “fearing God” (i.e. respecting God for who he is) need to change your understanding of how you relate to God?
  4. How has our culture’s inability to have reverence for anything impacted your reverence for God?
  5. What’s an area in your life where you need more wisdom?
  6. Reflect on the three action items above for gaining wisdom (i.e. respect, obey, ask God). Based upon those three points, what are some practical things you can do to change your life so you can start gaining wisdom?

Personal Reflection Guide

Find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. Spend a few minutes reflecting on where in your life you need wisdom–this could be in a relationship, with something practical like finances, in your personal growth or something else. Ask God if there is a reason that you lack wisdom in this area: are you struggling to trust or respect who God is? Has he already given you instructions that you would rather ignore? Now read through James 1:5 and choose to believe that God will generously give you his wisdom. Check back in with God throughout the week, listening to what he has for you.

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