Proverbs: Living Wisely – Ask for Wisdom


James 1:2–5; 2 Chronicles 1:7–13 (same story in 1 Kings 3:3–13)

To be wise is a step beyond simply knowing something. Wisdom is having experience and knowledge as well as having good judgment. James is encouraging other believers who are in the midst of trials to ask for wisdom to know how to deal with the struggles. Solomon was the son of David and knew what strain and responsibility lay on his shoulders to lead the kingdom of Israel. Solomon came to be considered the wisest man who had ever lived (1 Kings 4:29–34) besides Jesus, and went on to write Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Psalms 72 and 127.

1. What are we supposed to do if we lack wisdom?
2. Why did Solomon ask for wisdom and not riches or long life?
3. According to the 1 Kings passage, why did God show David great and steadfast love?

We all need wisdom. Wisdom helps with discernment of situations and helps apply knowledge. We daily encounter situations that require wise decisions. Unfortunately when we are a kid and someone tells us not to touch the hot stove, we touch it anyway. That experience teaches us not to do it again, but why do we ignore the wisdom of those who have gone before us? We never have it all figured out. As James points out, we need to sit daily at Jesus’ feet and ask Him to teach us and give us wisdom. Ecclesiastes and Proverbs have phenomenal examples of the importance of wisdom, but in Ecclesiastes 9:11–18, Solomon shares the story of how wisdom is better than strength, yet rarely does anyone recognize the wise, despite their greater value.

1. Why is it dificult to listen and obey the wisdom of others?
2. Why is wisdom to be valued over strength or looks or abilities or possessions? 
3. In what area of your life could you use more wisdom?

Somewhere on this page, write out this week’s memory verse twice. Pray that God would give you wisdom and discernment.