To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity ; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge ; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs starts out with a mission statement. There’s a clear goal here. To gain wisdom and instruction.
To me, the wonderful thing about this is that you don’t necessarily have to be smart to be wise. Wisdom takes time and effort and experience helps the process along. Wisdom isn’t for the select few. It is available to everyone. In fact, when God enters the equation, he kicks it up a notch. He promises wisdom to any who ask for it.
So stop what you are doing right now and pray for God’s wisdom! This is a blank check I’m talking about. No strings attached, just a blessing that keeps giving and giving. This is not to say that you don’t have wisdom already. But you’ll be amazed at the increased scope of your understanding when you quiet your mind and ask the Lord to open up his truths to you.
The other great thing is that you don’t have to “lean on your own understanding.” Notice what is described above. “Receive instruction,” “wise man will hear,” “acquire wise counsel,” “understand a proverb,” “the words of the wise.” These are all signs pointing to the fact that the instruction will come from someone or something outside you. Wisdom is about taking good instruction and understanding it to the benefit of yourself and those around you. Embrace it.