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How can I gain wisdom from God?

Proverbs 2:1-7

A growing number of people in our world fail to seek God for His wisdom. Instead, they strive to satisfy their passions and desires without regard to their futures or to the consequences of their decisions.

This is a spiritually dangerous way to live. When we try to live apart from the counsel of God’s wisdom, we suffer disillusionment, fear, doubt, worry, and frustration. Our lives fall apart when we do not involve the Savior in our decisions.

The wisest approach to life’s challenges is to seek God for His plan, direction, and spiritual insight. But how can we do that? The next time you face a challenge or an important decision, seek God’s wisdom by doing the following:

• Seek Him—If you want to know God’s heart on a given issue or when you have to make a difficult decision, ask Him. Take time to pray—but in your times of prayer, don’t do all the talking. Listen for God’s still, small voice whispering His words of guidance and encouragement to you.

• Meditate on God’s Word—You will gain insight into God’s mind and heart by studying Scripture and meditating on its truth. Difficult decisions become easier to make when God is the One guiding you.

• Obey the principles of Scripture—When you set your heart on obeying God, He will teach you how to apply His truth in your life. Then you will know the way of wisdom.

• Observe the faithfulness of God—The Lord has never failed to keep a single promise He has made. The Bible is full of testimonies that celebrate His goodness and love. Learn to claim His promises as you read His Word.

• Heed godly counsel—God can use a pastor or trusted Christian friend to help you see beyond your weaknesses. Don’t hesitate to share your needs and fears with those who love the Lord and you.

• Associate with wise people—Choose your friends wisely. Include God in every relationship, and you will establish a strong, godly base of counselors to support you in making wise decisions.

Because God loves us, we have no need to worry about the future. He has a plan, not only for our lives, but also for every problem we face. Oswald Chambers said, “All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.” Take time today to renew your trust in God and His ability to provide the wisdom you need.  

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.


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  • July 19, 2012 03:42 AM


    Thank you Dr.Stanley I greatly appreciate your teaching on acquiring Godly wisdom. I have learned it is the most important thing to have. I truly desire the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God in every area of my life. I wil continue to search the scriptures and meditate in God's Word daily to grow in wisdom and grace.
  • July 07, 2012 11:35 AM


    Wonderful resource and reminders for all us to refer to on a daily basis - Gods wisdom is the best viewpoint always
  • July 06, 2012 01:57 AM


    i always feel Gods presence when reading/listening to c.s sermons.God increase him with your wisdom amen
  • July 02, 2012 01:53 AM


    Its nice to know God has a plan for us.
  • July 02, 2012 12:40 AM


    I thank God for using Ptr Stanley by giving a messge thru sending email and it gives strength when i feel weak, it open my spiritual heart and eyes whenever i read the word of God, i can share this material message to all my friends who are seeking the truth about God. This message gives me strength in my christian life. I need more about God and Jesus Christ who is our creator in my life and my family. Thank you Ptr Stanley for never ending sending me the message of God. May the Lord bless you, your family and your ministry. God bless
  • July 01, 2012 10:26 PM


    excellent refresh my spiritual life
  • July 01, 2012 06:52 PM


    Thank you so much for the Daily Devotional. I truly needed to read that. I have been watching you since 1999 thanks to my late father. I also have alot of your books & tapes. May the Lord continue to use you Dr. Stanley.
  • July 01, 2012 02:58 PM


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  • July 01, 2012 01:36 PM


    i love your sermons

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