Why Wisdom is the Principle Thing

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen over silver.”  (Proverbs 16:16)

Imagine that. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said that he would prefer wisdom over riches. I mean think about it, if Solomon were offered the lottery winnings of $1 million or a gift of wisdom, he would choose wisdom. Would you? Author Steven K. Scott said “Acquiring true wisdom provides a solid foundation from which you can make a lifetime of wise decisions.” King Solomon said in Proverbs 4 that wisdom is the principle thing, or in other words, wisdom is the most important thing to pursue in life. It's more important than money or personal happiness. Do you believe that?

Here are some simple tips on how to get wisdom:

  1. Search for it like you would for a hidden treasure. Invest your time and money into it’s pursuit
. Establish your habits around it.  Invest into a personal growth plan daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. What are you going to do today to grow yourself? What will you do this week? this month? this year? to increase your wisdom? Make a personal growth plan and then discipline yourself to stick to it.Here's an insight into my personal growth plan:

    • Daily I will read a Proverb corresponding with the day. Today is September 22, so I read Proverbs 22. Tomorrow I will read Proverbs 23 and so on. There are 31 Proverbs and this means I can read the entire book of Proverbs every month. This is a guaranteed way to increase in Wisdom.
    • Weekly I will read a book. It is my goal to read a book a week. I do this to increase in knowledge. I read books on church growth, leadership, marriage and relationships, biographies and business principles. It is my responsibility to get knowledge. Therefore I make a predetermined weekly schedule that includes reading time so that I can reach my goal of a book a week.
    • Monthly I meet with a mentor or with someone who has gone further in my field of expertise than I have. I come prepared with questions and seek to learn from their knowledge and experience.
    • Yearly I attend 1 or 2 conferences at churches that are much further ahead than I am. I try to attend a mega-church conference that will expand my thinking and allow me to experience ministry far beyond what is normal for me. This allows me to expand my horizons and enlarge my thinking so that I can dream bigger and glean from their wisdom.
  2. Listen. Go into every situation asking questions instead of giving answers. (Prov. 1:5) The art of asking the right questions is more valuable to a leader than giving answers.
  3. Study the book of Proverbs. (Prov. 4:20-22) I would encourage you to make a habit of reading a Proverb a day. This habit could have a greater impact on your life than any other habit I know of. It will input a level of wisdom into you that will transform your life, your marriage, your parenting, as well as your business and professional life.
  4. Apply your heart to understanding. (Prov. 2:2) You need to follow wisdom with your whole heart, this means constantly renewing your mind!
 Solomon said that the most important advise he could give anyone is to guard your heart! (Prov. 4:23)
 This means valuing heart change and the pursuit of wisdom over behavior modification and people pleasing. It means asking the question "What is the wise thing to do?" before making any decision. It also means disciplining yourself to have the courage to make the wise choice.
  5. Trust and Fear God! (Prov. 1:7; Prov. 9:10; Prov. 3:5-6) Trusting God is the beginning of Wisdom according to King David and King Solomon. Trusting God is different than trusting religion. Trusting God means having faith in Him regardless of my feelings or circumstances. It means I believe His Word holds more weight than my understanding. It means He is God and I am not. This is where wisdom starts. If you don't trust God, you need to.

Here are 3 books that will really help you understand the importance of wisdom and will teach you how to apply it in your everyday life. Read these books, they will change your life and greatly assist you in your decision making skills!

  1. The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Steven K. Scott
  2. The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
  3. Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell

(Click on the title of the book and you will be directed to Amazon.ca to order a copy of your own.)

Question: Do you believe Wisdom is the most important thing? Why or Why not? Please leave you comments in the "Leave a Reply" box below. Thank you.