This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful.
We all need wisdom, for raising children, for church, and for other things. How can we be growing in wisdom as we head into this new year?
- Proverbs 2:1-15 – A person will grow in wisdom if he has the following characteristics. If he has an incentive ear and an inclined heart, cries out for wisdom, and hunts for wisdom. If we are going to grow in wisdom we need to be seekers.
- Proverbs 13:20 – To grow in wisdom we need to walk with otherwise people! Walking alone is a disadvantage. It is slower and more difficult to go through life alone and don’t walk with the wrong people.
- Proverbs 13:10 – To grow in wisdom we need to listen to wise advice. Seek out advice with sensitive, serious issues that you are struggling with or wrestling with. It may be humbling to admit that you need help and advice, but it is worth it.
- Proverbs 9:8-9 – To grow in wisdom we need to be open to correction. Accurate correction is very helpful. Don’t spurn correction because of how it is packaged.
- Psalm 19:7 – To grow in wisdom we need to be reading the Bible. There is a lot of advice out there, but the best advice you can find is from carefully reading the Bible and looking to apply it to your life. Believe that it is God-breathed and that it is valuable.
- James 1:5 – To grow in wisdom we should be asking God for wisdom. Often God gives us wisdom through the wise counsel of others and through reading his word and life experiences.
- Job 28:28 – To grow in wisdom we need to fear and trust God. The fear of the Lord is a deep reverence and awe of who God is. Just taking God very seriously, because He is the almighty creator and ultimate judge. It shouldn’t produce insecurity and terror in our hearts, instead, it should give us a deep sense of security and peace.
There shouldn’t be any areas of our life that are off-limits to God. As we yield to Him, he will lead us and direct our paths. God will be doing road work on our future, and we’ll be heading in the right direction.
Let’s take God seriously, and surrender to God in all areas of our life.
Other passages mentioned – Colossians 3:16, 1 Kings 3, Proverbs 12, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 15, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 11, Proverbs 14