Today I’ve invited my friend Jennifer Rothschild to the kitchen table. She is a speaker and author of 14 books. Today she’s sharing a bit from her latest release, Me, Myself & Lies: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. Jennifer became blind when she was fifteen, and now helps the world see Jesus more clearly. Let’s welcome Jennifer!
One thing that drives me crazy about getting older is I know there is a lot that I don’t know. Unfortunately, I don’t know what I don’t know! Can you relate? But one of the things that makes me happy about getting older is realizing that knowledge is not nearly as important as wisdom. And sisters, wisdom has nothing to do with what we know or don’t know, and everything to do with Who we know!
God is not greedy with His wisdom. If you need it, He’ll give it. In fact, He wants His wisdom to be as close as your closest friend — your BFF!
So, here are three ways to make wisdom your BFF.
- Request Wisdom
First of all, ask God for wisdom. The apostle James tells us, 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)
This isn’t meant to be weirdly spiritual or complicated. It really is as simple as asking for wisdom and trusting that you will receive.
Our sons developed an odd habit when they were each about two years old. Whenever the phone rang, it signaled them to need me. They could have been totally occupied, happy, and distracted until the phone rang. But when it did, they inevitably whined, got hurt, or needed something. Something in the ring signaled a virtual meltdown in my kids.
One day, my publisher made a surprise phone call to me. Trying to sound as if he were the most important person to me at that moment, I attempted to hush Connor while he pulled on my leg. “Sucker, Mommy. Sucker, Mommy,” he insisted. Because he asked, and because I knew the call was going to be a long one, I pulled a brand-new bag of Tootsie Pops out of the cabinet. I yanked it open and turned it upside down.
Like confetti at a parade, multicolored lollipops fell all over the kitchen floor. I smiled as approvingly as possible at Connor and mouthed, “Have fun.” I then hid in the closet to finish my call.
The point is, he asked, and I answered. Not just meeting minimal requirements, I gave liberally. That’s how God is when He responds to our request for wisdom. He doesn’t just meet minimal requirements. He gives liberally. He lavishes us with wisdom that will benefit us and those around us.
God made getting wisdom as simple as asking for it.
Just as simply as a child asks for a lollipop, we can ask God for wisdom. Amazing! And we receive an overflowing supply.
King Solomon echoed this thought: For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6) So, my friend, before you read on, ask God for wisdom, and trust Him to provide.
2. Revere God
You can also receive wisdom by choosing to revere God. In Proverbs we see, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:20)
To fear the Lord doesn’t mean to be deathly afraid of Him. No, He is good and kind. But He is also just and worthy of our highest regard and respect.
To fear the Lord means we revere Him.
It means we regard God more highly than we regard ourselves. We esteem His truth more highly than we esteem our perceptions of truth. To fear the Lord means holding His knowledge and truth in higher regard than our own.
Examine your own heart and mind. Do you fear the Lord? Whose truth do you elevate most highly in your life? Until you reverence God most highly in your life and acknowledge that He is the standard of truth, you will never experience Him as the ultimate source of truth — and you will never find true wisdom. Take a moment to reconcile those thoughts with your own. You will discover the wisdom you need when you choose to revere God.
3. Receive Counsel
You can also become wise through wise counsel. Once again, Proverbs tells us that wisdom is with those who receive counsel, and the wise of heart will receive commands. (Proverbs 13:10 and Proverbs 10:8)
When we walk with wisdom, it will wear off on us.
Sometimes we just need to listen to others, learn from their mistakes and experiences, and recognize that others struggle the same way we do. Other people can teach us a lot if we’ll take the time to listen. Do you have someone you can walk with in order to gain wisdom?
You will be a wiser woman when you request wisdom, revere God, and receive wise counsel. When you do, wisdom will become one of your best friends. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your intimate friend. (Proverbs 7:4 NASB)
I love that. If wisdom were truly your sister, what would she say to you on a casual morning walk along the river? If understanding actually happened to be your BFF, what would she say to you in a gut-honest conversation at a corner table in your favorite café? You can count on one thing. You wouldn’t want to miss a single word. Me neither sister!
Who is the wisest woman you know? Leave her name as a comment. I’ll pick one response and send a free copy of Jennifer’s new book! Here’s a little bit more about it.
Have you ever noticed the things you say to yourself—and believe?
I could never do that.
They don’t like me.
I am such an idiot!
You wouldn’t talk that way to anyone else, yet phrases like these constantly flow through your mind, leaving you insecure and defeated.
Jennifer Rothschild was there, as well, until she learned how to replace the lies with truth. With wisdom and authenticity, Jennifer will help you…
- silence the negative voices in your mind as you learn to
- speak kindly to your soul
- grow in confidence by replacing the lies that shackle you with the truth that sets you free
- overcome a lifetime of damaging self-talk by practicing godly and biblical soul-talk