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JANUARY 28

WISER

In the various areas of our lives, we often confront situations that require wisdom to respond in the best way possible for us and those around us. Sometimes we need wisdom at work with a difficult coworker, at home with an angry spouse or rebellious child, or with friends and other family members. To whom do we turn for wisdom, and is that source actually wise? What would it look like to seek and find wisdom from the God who desires to lead us each and every day?

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1. Like the man who mistook a bottle of glue for his hemorrhoid cream, we’ve all done pretty unwise and even embarrassing things at times. What is something silly or foolish you’ve done?

2. The world has some pretty bad ideas about what wisdom is. Can you think of any examples?

3. Who or what do you seek out for advice and wisdom in the various arenas of your life? Perhaps a writer you follow, a friend, or a parent?

4. In which area of your life do you crave wisdom the most right now, and why?

5. Read Proverbs 9:10. How do you think fear (or reverence/awe) of God leads to wisdom in both crucial and everyday situations?

6. Read 1 Corinthians 1:30. How can we cultivate the kind of relationship with Jesus, the One who set us free, that leads to wise decisions and reactions to life’s curveballs?

7. What might be standing in the way of you growing in intimacy with God, the source of all that is true and wise? What can you do this week to address that obstacle?

KEY SCRIPTURES

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear (or reverence/awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

1 Corinthians 1:30 – God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

DIGGING DEEPER

To dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, check out the article “How Can I Tap into the Wisdom of God” from GotQuestions.org. Here’s an excerpt:

To have knowledge is to have understanding or information about something. To have wisdom is to have the ability to apply knowledge to everyday life. It is in the reading and understanding of God’s Word that we obtain knowledge, and meditating upon that knowledge brings wisdom. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is all about gaining understanding and wisdom from God’s Word. Just a few verses are “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (verse 97)….“I will meditate in your precepts, and have respect to your ways. I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word” (verses 15–16). The word meditate is used five times in Psalm 119 and in various forms another fifteen times in the book of Psalms. Meditation is required to fully consider how to apply God’s Word in everyday life.

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom. In that book, Wisdom calls for a hearing: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?…I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings” (Proverbs 1:22–23). The promise of Wisdom is that those who desire God’s truth can have it, but it requires giving up the world’s foolish mockery of the truth. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

To have the “fear of the LORD” is to have an awed respect of who God is and a reverential trust in His Word and His character, and to live accordingly. When one is walking in the fear of the Lord, he or she is relying on God’s wisdom in the matters of everyday life and making whatever changes need to be made in light of God’s Word. Those who have God’s wisdom will show it in how they live…

In summary, to tap into God’s wisdom, we must diligently study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15), meditate on the Word, pray for wisdom, seek it with all our hearts, and walk in the Spirit. God desires to give His wisdom to His children. Are we willing to be led by that wisdom?

To read the article in its entirety, go to gotquestions.org/wisdom-of-God.html

SPIRITUAL OUTCOME — gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/wisdom