How do you get wise?
From the historical greats? From reading lots of books? From your dad? From your teacher? From age?
Well, I guess you can say yes to all of those things. After all, when you learn you get more insight and understanding. You can’t argue with that!
However, I think that there is a difference between earthly wisdom and kingdom wisdom. I’ll explain.
What is Earthly Wisdom?
Earthly Wisdom is what we learn in the world. In the here and now. From teachers to coaches, from failures to wins, from parents to peers. All of this amounts to wisdom that when shared helps us to have a common human experience with others. Helps us to encourage and to help others know they are not alone.
Sounds great, right?
But what if I told you there is a level of even higher wisdom? The kind of wisdom that has been here longer than man itself? The kind of wisdom with the power to strengthen and build others up for the heavenly kingdom. God’s kingdom.
Well, there is. So let me tell you about it.
What is Heavenly Wisdom?
Heavenly wisdom is the kind of wisdom that comes from God himself. See, the difference with earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom is that the enemy has the ability to stop us with lies. Lies that we aren’t high enough or smart enough or powerful enough to get the wisdom of the world.
For example: I tell myself that I am not smart enough to know chemistry. This is why I never became a geologist like I wanted to in college. So sad, I know…
Smarts has nothing to do with wisdom. But we might have lies that stop us from being open to learning various other kinds of wisdom.
But Heavenly wisdom is accessible to EVERYONE who has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. So if you are a believer of Christ. You have access to God Himself! Before Christ, a man named Solomon was the wisest King who ever lived. He is actually the guy who wrote Proverbs. And since Proverbs is in the Bible and the Bible is the living, breathing, Word of God, guess what? We live in after Christ times. So we have the access to the exact same wisdom Solomon had.
The Wisdom in Proverbs
Let’s now get back to the original question again.
How do you get wise?
From God himself with the wisdom provided to us in the Book of Proverbs.
They say you can read a chapter a day every month. There are 31 proverbs so when you do this as a habit, you expose yourself to whatever wisdom God wants to reveal to you. Even in one chapter there are a lot of nuggets of wisdom, so God can teach you something new every time.
This is how I know this to be true:
“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.” -1 John 4:13-15
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” -John 14:26
The Holy Spirit knows all that God and the Son know. And He dwells in us the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior!
I recently got back into Proverbs with a goal to read a chapter a day. If I miss a day, I don’t stress out. I just read the proverb for the day I am in. Because, I’ll eventually get to the day’s chapter if I make this habit for every month.
I encourage you to do the same.
How To Do Proverbs Journaling
I took it a step further because I have a habit of making a checklist. I would add reading the chapter to the list, read it, check it off, pat myself on the back and then go about my day. I don’t think I’m really gleaning any wisdom from that, so I journal about my reading too just to be more intentional and to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to me what I am to learn that day.
For structure and simplicity, this is how I journal the Proverbs:
Pick one verse that sticks out to you. There might be few, but ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to one.
What are your thoughts about what the verse means or what it is trying to say? You can’t be wrong. Just jot it down, you’d be surprised how the Holy Spirit can flow in your pen to lead your thoughts where you didn’t realize it would go!
This is the personal aspect of the wisdom you just revealed. How does it apply to you today? Does it compel you or convict you in some area in your life?
Freebie! Proverbs Journaling Prompts
I made a printable for you if you like writing in pretty worksheets and stash them in a journal, binder or folder. Of course you can use the same prompt format in your journal as well. Or you can use the worksheet for a class or for a small group.
PDF Download Link Below!