Proverbs 8 spends some time with “wisdom” talking in the 3rd person. “Wisdom” spends some time teaching us about himself.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech. I possess good advice and competence; I have understanding and strength. I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.
Proverbs 8:13-14, 17 HCSB
Being wise is not:
1. Arrogant pride- anyone you feel you are better than? Too prideful to tell someone you were wrong or ask for help? Others will see this as being stuck up or stubborn, not wise.
2. Evil behavior – anything you are doing that doesn’t line up with God’s teaching. Poor behavior makes it evident that you prefer punishment rather than wisdom.
3. Perverse speech – hmmm…what words do you use? What kinds of jokes do you tell? Poor language and having poor taste in your talk makes you appear uneducated and immature, definately not wise.
1. Good advice – helping others with what you have learned. Share with others your knowledge and life experiences to help others. That speaks volumes of your character.
2. Competence – are you good at making decisons? A history of success shows wisdom.
3.understanding – can you understand what others are going through? Can you discern what is right? Do you care about others? Doing these things will show others your wisdom.
4. Strength- can you persevere through difficult times? Strength in hard times shows where your heart is and that you are wise enough to persevere.
Those who search for wisdom will find it…wisdom is available for everyone…you have to choose to want it.