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Information Is No Substitute for Wisdom
By Victoria Osteen - Apr 21, 2020
It’s interesting that we have unlimited amounts of information available to us today, but so often what we really need is wisdom, not more information. All through life we face daily decisions as well as major decisions—which school you’ll go to, what vocation you’ll pursue, who you’ll marry, what house you’ll buy, how to save and spend your money. You may be wondering how you can resurrect your marriage, or how to reach out to a child who’s off course, or how to pay an unexpected bill. While information may help with these weighty decisions, it’s no substitute for wisdom.

Think of Solomon. Imagine being nineteen or twenty years old when you take the throne of your father, King David, who had built up a great nation. Suddenly, it was all on the shoulders of Solomon to reign over. He was questioning, and wondering, and feeling the weight of this. One night God appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5). He could have asked for money, for fame, for a long life, but Solomon answered, “God, what I need is Your wisdom to rule this people. I need an understanding heart to make the right decisions.” God was so pleased with his answer that He not only gave Solomon wisdom, but He gave him power, influence, and great riches.

Wisdom is what we desperately need. Solomon says we are to “search for it as for hidden treasure…For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright” (Proverbs 2:4–7). Wisdom comes by understanding and the knowledge of God and applying it to your life. You can have tons of information and even know God’s Word, but if you don’t apply it, it’s not going to do you any good.

Ask God to give you wisdom so you have an understanding heart to make right decisions. The Scripture 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” (James 1:5). And one of the best places to go for wisdom is the book of Proverbs, which was written by King Solomon. It’s a book that’s full of advice and life lessons, simple in its form, easy to digest, and easy to apply. That’s what wisdom is. It’s a simple revelation of God that we can apply to our everyday lives.

Ask for wisdom and read the book of Proverbs. Read it, reread it, and reread it. It is loaded with powerful nuggets of wisdom for your life.
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