The Principal Thing

One thing people really want today is the fast track to success. We want to get as far as we can as fast as we can. We look at people like Mark Zuckerberg who made his first million dollars at age 22 and Bill Gates who became a millionaire at age 26 and rush to be that next overnight sensation. Although everyone won’t become a millionaire in their 20s (and real success isn’t measured by how much money you make), there are ways that help you get further faster and help mold you into a better person along the way.

You read in the last couple weeks about mentors and how they help you progress further than you could have on your own. When you connect with a good mentor, they give you access to a well of wisdom through their experiences. This kind of wisdom propels you into your future. Gaining wisdom doesn’t just come from mentors. There are many ways to get it. Just like a mentor can help you get further faster, having wisdom also helps you to get further and avoid mistakes that you could have made without it.

God Himself uses wisdom in all He does. It was present at creation as outlined in Proverbs 8:22-23: “22 The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; 23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.’ “

The prerequisite to gaining wisdom is to ask for it. James 1:5 says, “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.” When you ask for it, God will give it to you. There are a few things that you can be sure of that you gain when you get wisdom:

A cheat sheet. Wisdom can go into places you couldn’t go. Wisdom gives you answers that you couldn’t have figured out alone. The book of Proverbs personifies wisdom as a woman. She was around during the beginning of the world and has knowledge that dates all the way back to creation. She gives you answers and insight beyond your years.

Understanding. Wisdom knows how to make sense of a situation and she gives you understanding and insight. She helps you comprehend what you couldn’t know before. There is no confusion with wisdom. If you are confused about something, seek wisdom and she will reveal the insight you need to you.

Assistance and guidance. Wisdom gives advice and counsel. She speaks to your conscience, leading and guiding you to good decisions. When you don’t know what to do, she uses sound judgment to direct you. She walks alongside you as your companion guiding you every step of the way.

Wisdom is the principal thing. It is not just attaining knowledge. It goes further than that. It is the application of that knowledge and the discernment on how and when to use it. When you ask God for it, you will receive it and it will help you along the way.


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