Wisdom Is Priceless. How to Get It: The Choice
This is an excerpt from my book, 21 Days to Sound Decision Making: How to Grow Your Credibility and Influence through Making Better Decisions
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment — Proverbs 4:7 NLT
Imagine: in utter despair, you’re sitting beside a judge in a courtroom.
The prosecuting attorney approaches you and asks, “Miss, will you please recount the events that have led us here?”
Through tears, you tell the tragic story: “A few weeks after I gave birth, I went to sleep holding my newborn one night. All was well. The next morning, I awoke and immediately felt that something was terribly wrong. My son wasn’t breathing.”
The courtroom falls silent.
“I tried to revive him. I tried CPR.” Through a convulsive sob, you barely say, “Nothing worked.”
A juror begins to cry.
You continue: “As I wiped away my tears, I noticed something extraordinary: my son’s hair, mouth, eyes—none of them seemed familiar. Then I realize, this isn’t my child.”
“I didn’t know what to do, so I fled next door to see my friend. We were pregnant around the same time, both still recuperating from childbirth. Although it was early, I crashed through her front door. I saw her gently rocking her son—and I heard oddly familiar crying.”
No one is moving in the courtroom.
“My friend covers her son’s head with a blanket.”
The prosecuting attorney interjects: “Ma’am, is this friend you speak of in this room?”
Trembling, you point to a sobbing woman in a far corner of the courtroom, an infant boy in her arms. “She’s the one. She’s the one I screamed at, ‘That’s my baby! What have you done? You’ve stolen my child and given me your dead son! Give my son back to me!’ I tried to wrestle my child out of her arms, but she pushed me down and called the police. I was taken to jail. I told my story just as I’m telling you now. But she—” You glare at your friend. “She told a different story.”
A pregnant pause fills the courtroom.
Suddenly, the judge announces that he’s come to a decision. “This is a conundrum. Bring me a knife and give that baby to me. I will cut the baby in half so you can both have a part.”
You shriek, “No! Let the baby live. Give her the whole child. I beg of you, please don’t kill him.”
The other woman coldly says, “Cut away. If I can’t have him, you can’t either.”
Immediately, the judge renders his verdict. The child is yours. He determines that you are the real mother because you wanted no harm to come to the child.
The judge wisely deduces reality. His unreasonable decision to split the baby has uncovered the truth.
How do you become wise?
As you may have guessed, this adapted story is from 1 Kings 3:16–28. The judge was Solomon, the wisest king who ever lived.
Before rendering this well-known verdict, Solomon had been asked by God what he needed to effectively rule his kingdom. Solomon didn’t ask for power, fortune, or fame. He asked for wisdom: a God-listening heart, the ability to lead well, and discernment between good and evil.
Because Solomon asked for wisdom, God was pleased and granted him riches and honor as well. And Solomon’s God-given wisdom enabled him to render justice in the case of the stolen baby.
Wisdom is the combination of experience, knowledge, and careful judgment. Wisdom goes beyond knowledge; it’s the knack of knowing what to do. It’s the art of being successful: developing the correct plan to achieve desired results. It’s about making decisions that lead to optimal outcomes. It’s learning the practical skills required to live and lead well.
How do you become wise? It starts with having a deep respect for God and obeying his commands. He is the source of all wisdom.
Then, ask for it and the Holy Spirit will cheerfully and liberally provide it.
Lastly, pursue godly wisdom. Give everything you’ve got to acquire and cultivate it. Search the Scriptures. Pray.
If you develop wisdom, God will show you how to live effectively in a secular world. You’ll avoid the pitfalls or obstacles that others encounter. He’ll work in you and through you to inspire moral behavior and foster well-being. Wisdom will open the path to life, security, and prosperity. You’ll be equipped for leadership and make sound decisions.
You might even crack conundrums like Solomon.
Priceless is wisdom. Get it.
- Have you asked God for wisdom?
- What will you do to acquire and cultivate it?
- When will you start?
Lord, please grant me wisdom: a God-listening heart, the ability to lead well, and discernment between good and evil. May I honor you in all the decisions I make. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- Proverbs 1:7
- Proverbs 8:22
- Matthew 13:44
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I’m a disciple of Christ and an executive at a Fortune 500 Company. In my blog, The Discipled Leader, I draw on my diverse business experience to help Christians connect their secular and spiritual lives at work.
As a certified coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team, I help others grow their relationship with Christ, develop their leadership skills, and understand how they can make a positive difference in today’s chaotic world.
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