Character Quality: Wise

Character Quality: Wise

Character Quality: Wise

 
I’ll go ahead and state the obvious: wisdom is in short supply.
 
Foolishness abounds.
 
The last verse of the Old Testament book of Judges, written thousands of years ago, aptly sums up the current cultural trends around the world. It states, “Every man did that which is right in his own eyes….” When men seek to satiate their own individual desires, folly multiplies. As it grows, so does emptiness, hopelessness, and despair.
 
The contrast between wisdom and folly is found in the book of Proverbs. Many examples of foolishness exist throughout the Bible in such characters as Ahab, Nabal (whose name actually means ‘fool’), Jezebel, Jepthah, Samson, the Rich Young Ruler, Judas, and many others.
 
Solomon lamented the vanity of foolishness when he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. His life stands as an example of a man who gave into his own foolish choices. After having been granted wisdom by God and having the reputation of being the wisest man on earth, he squandered his gift living selfishly and recklessly.
 
“Vanity, it is all vanity,” he wrote. In the end he concluded what he had known all along: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. What a tragedy. How many long years of his life did he waste running after the wind of folly?
 
In addition to the foolish examples given in the Bible, Scripture overflows with examples of faithful and wise servants, who chose to live in light of God’s wisdom: Abraham, Job, Ruth, Deborah, Abigail, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Peter, Mary, and many others. Based on their examples, I humbly offer these six characteristics of wisdom:
 
Wisdom intentionally embraces God’s ways as higher. If we live wisely, we will not demand that circumstances make sense to us. Instead we will accept that God is sovereign and that He knows what He is doing. He is the Sovereign of the universe, totally in control, never surprised by anything. His master plan is for our good and His glory.
 
Wisdom continually chooses to fear God and not man. Opportunities and temptations to fear man present themselves to us each day. Fearing man means that we value our reputations and the world’s stuff more than God and His kingdom. It means that we rationalize sinful behavior so that we can be accepted or popular. Being wise means that we fear God alone, worship Him alone. It means that we are willing to sacrifice reputation to follow Him — a decision that is sometimes lonely.
 
Wisdom humbly acknowledges, “I don’t know everything”. Humility is a key characteristic for a wise person. Being humble means we stop insisting that we have all the answers. Wisdom resists the lure of knowing and understanding within ourselves and for our own advancement. It means that we seek His wisdom, which is often foolishness in this world.
 
Wisdom confidently lives by faith not sight. Living by faith means that we trust God when we cannot see our hand in front of our face. Wise people choose to trust God beyond what they can see or understand. They do not require God to explain Himself, but rather they go forward as He leads. We can live confidently (not tentatively) and courageously, standing strong and knowing that He is faithful.
 
Wisdom deliberately serves others instead of self. When we live seeking God’s perspective, desiring to honor and glorify His name, we serve others. Wisdom teaches us that serving others and putting their needs before our own glorifies God and expands His kingdom. Serving others is a natural outplay of wise living.
 
Wisdom consistently seeks God’s will and way. Desiring to follow God is clear evidence of wisdom. Walking with God illustrates that we acknowledge Him and trust Him. Throughout our lives, as we persist in prayer, He is honored. We take our cue from Jesus who prayed in the garden, ‘Not my will, but Thine.’ Wisdom prays for God to glorify Himself through us as He sees fit — that is a bold prayer. That is a prayer that will not go unanswered.
 
Father of wisdom, teach us.  Grant us wisdom not for our selfish desires, but for Your kingdom’s glory. Grant me faith to walk in Your steps. Grant me joy to serve in Your name. Guide my steps each day. Do not allow me to embrace the foolishness of the world, but seek Your wisdom alone.  In the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen.
 
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Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: September 5, 2014, by : Rachael Carman

One thought on “Character Quality: Wise

  1. Good Morning! I love the character qualities you present. I would like to print them & make a notebook to use with my granddaughter. Can you tell me the best way to get clean print copies?
    If I print them from your blog or my email using the ‘print’ button under file on my computer, I get other info I’m not wanting and sometimes it covers up part of the info I’m trying to print. Is there a “print” button somewhere in your blog that I’m missing? Thank you!

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