Make Us Wise

Series: Making Mondays Count

Waikiki … it’s an area that never sleeps. The cacophony of sounds all competing for everyone’s attention; people meandering around aimlessly without direction. It’s a microcosm of life where people are struggling without direction.

It is in the midst of these times the Bible says that wisdom speaks.

"Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out …" (Prov. 1:20-21a).

To whom is she talking? She is talking to people who need direction and people who would like a little more navigational wisdom when it comes to life and relationships. That is wisdom. Don’t we all need more wisdom every day?

Being Still

There is one prerequisite, however. You have to be still to hear His voice. That is why the Bible says, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).

When you are still, you learn a lot. You learn how to repent. You learn how to be good. You learn how to confess. But you have to be still.

Wisdom

I want to talk a little more about wisdom. We will have to go to a quieter place, a place where God can teach us how we can learn to be wise. I want to also talk about how you can tap into the source of wisdom. You know, you won’t have what it takes when you begin. You might have the energy; you might have the passion and the desire – the opportunities – but you won’t have what it takes to finish when you start. You might ask, "What?"

When you first begin, you won’t have the wisdom necessary to be everything that you want to be. You’ve got to garner wisdom along the way. You’ve got to harvest it along the way, and as you gather bits and pieces of wisdom, you begin to accumulate the wisdom you are going to need to be the person that you want to be. But you won’t have it at the beginning. It is designed that way. You’ve got to harvest wisdom along the way.

"So," you ask, "Where can we get this wisdom?"

There are two places from which you can gain wisdom. The first is from …

Personal Experience
You gain wisdom from the consequences of your own experiences. You run into a wall at full speed. Bang! You break your nose. What did you learn? Don’t run into things that don’t move!

So from one broken nose, you get a little bit of wisdom and now you’re wiser. You don’t run headlong into immovable objects any more.

But you don’t have enough bones in your body to break in order to gain the amount of wisdom you will need to be the person that you want to be.

Let me give you the second and better way to gain wisdom: not from personal experiences, but from …

Other People’s Experiences

You will let someone else run into the wall. They break their nose.

"So, what did you learn?"

"Oh man, Wayne, I learned that you don’t run into things that don’t move."

You say, "Thank you" and take that bit of wisdom and deposit it to your account so that, now, you have a little bit of wisdom beyond your experience. You just don’t have enough experiences, the bones to break, and the time to accumulate all the wisdom you will need personally.

When you accumulate wisdom from other people’s experiences, then you’ll be able to harvest or garner wisdom beyond your own experience.

The Bible

God knew that we would need wisdom beyond our personal experience so He gave us not one book, not two books, but 66 books. It is called Biblios, or a "library" of books. The Bible is filled with raw, unedited accounts of men and women who have gone before us and have already made every mistake we will ever make. If we sit at these people’s feet – divine mentors, I call them, because they have been assigned to tutor us – why, we can have the wisdom of the ages.

"Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come" (1 Cor. 10:11).

Did you know that God will give us wisdom of the ages? The people in the Bible are all waiting for our audience. That is why Psalm 119 says, "Your commands made me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes" (Ps. 119:98-99).

All the people in the Bible are awaiting our audience, and, by the way, your best friends are in the Bible, too. Jeremiah saved my ministry. Joseph saved my life. If you will understand what God has placed in the Bible, you will begin to understand what a wondrous source of wisdom it can be.

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