“Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” Psalm 51:6, NIV).
We can search for knowledge in a multitude of places today: books, the internet, our culture, colleges and universities. But there is only one place where we can find true wisdom. David asked God to teach Him wisdom in the inmost place. In other words, David understood that left to his own devices, he was destined for sin and failure; but he trusted that the Lord would teach Him wisdom, as long as he came before God with honesty.
That truth still applies to you and me today. I don’t know about you, but on my own, I’m a mess. I identify with David–a man who had a heart for God, but whose passion sometimes led him astray. I’m known for being hasty, not only with my words but also with my choices. I need the wisdom of God to keep me straight and out of trouble!
So how can we walk in the wisdom of God?
First, we must be in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, filled with His Holy Spirit, and seeking Him every day.
“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:3).
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Notice the connection between the Spirit and wisdom. We must be come to the Lord with humility and surrender, submitting to His authority and seeking to follow Him.
Second, we need to ask God for His wisdom in every situation.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
I love that He doesn’t find fault in our asking. In fact, I think He delights in our asking. The difficulty here for me is in letting go of my need to be in control and slowing down enough to seek God in everything.
That is where I find myself here at the beginning of a new year. I keep hearing the Father say, “Walk by faith and not by sight” and “trust and obey.” That is wisdom–not the world’s wisdom, but godly wisdom. So I am learning and growing and asking God to slow me down and teach me how to wait on Him for wisdom. And then obey Him.
The book of Proverbs has much to say about seeking God’s wisdom. Solomon compares wisdom to great riches. Truly, if I learn to walk in God’s wisdom and not my own, I will experience the riches of “pleasant ways and peaceful paths” (Proverbs 3:17).
So, I am asking God each day to help me let go of control of my own situation and circumstances and lead me with His wisdom in all I say and do. After all,
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30).