My brothers and sisters,
Wisdom is paramount.
The Bible says in Proverbs 9:10 that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Once you know and learn who He is and what He is about, then it will guide you towards how to live your lives effectively by His grace.
Though success and wisdom is a broad subject and encompasses many things, I would like to discuss pursuing wisdom. It is something which I believe we all need to know and learn how to manage.
I’ll begin by saying that ignorance is costly.
Lack of knowledge, understanding, or information about something.
(Taken from dictionary.cambridge.org)
Hosea 4:6 (ESV) (Emphasis added): My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…
The secret to success is to become a lifelong learner. You have to recognise what you don’t know and make every effort to know it.
Proverbs 19:8 (NCV) Those who get wisdom do themselves a favour and those who love learning will succeed.
Your character is the catalyst of how well you absorb wisdom.
Proverbs 14:6 (NLT) The mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.
Proverbs 14:6 (ESV) A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
Set your heart to become a person of understanding, but be aware! The amount of wisdom you absorb will increase your sorrow and grief. It is the sorrow and grief of “If I had known this I would have done this differently or if I had known this or that I wouldn’t have done that.”
Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NLT): The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase in knowledge only increases sorrow.
We are also aware that one can go through pain. However, if we know that pain is temporary and seeking wisdom ends with success, a greater emphasis is placed on seeking that wisdom NOW so one can go through temporary pain to become successful.
Let us take this call to seek wisdom whatever the cost and the resilience to grow through the pain.
Thank you for reading my brothers and sisters, and keep on pursuing wisdom. It will be painful, but beneficial in the long one.
Tunde T. Amao