“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them” (Proverbs 4:1).
God tells us to get wisdom and get understanding. What you need to know about this is that the verb “get” is written in the imperative. This isn’t a suggestion. This isn’t a good idea. This is a command.
Here’s what that means:
- Wisdom and understanding is available to all. If wisdom and understanding was not available to all, it would be unfair for God to ask us to get wisdom and get understanding.
- If we are not wise and knowledgeable, that’s our fault. That’s our choice.
Wisdom and understanding is available to us all. But, we have to get it. We have to pursue it. We have to desire it. We have to work for it.
We are told in the New Testament, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
What is the primary way in which we get wisdom?
- God’s word. He tells us, “Do not forget my words.” Invest in reading and studying God’s word.
- It’s about obedience. It’s not for information’s sake that God reveals his wisdom and truth. God expects us to obey so that God can transform and change us. It’s not information. Wisdom and knowledge is for transformation.
Disciples. Children of God. Followers of Jesus Christ. Get wisdom. Get understanding.