Where it all Begins.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
The foundation for gaining and growing in wisdom is actually an acknowledgement of the fact that you either lack it or that you do not have enough of it. You cannot gain access to (God’s) wisdom with a mentality that is self sufficient. You must first ACKNOWLEDGE and ADMIT that you do not have (enough of) it.
We live in a generation where it has become very easy to pretend to be knowledgeable. Yes, almost anyone with a smart phone and access to the Internet considers himself smart. But common sense still let us understand that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Some people cannot admit that they do not know. Some cannot accept open correction. And some do not accept correction at all, whether open or secret. With these kinds of people, true wisdom will always be far.
There are some others who although have learned quite a lot in their fields are always open to corrections and advice. They constantly admit that they do not know it all and some would even ask for open advice and suggestions from as many that can give it (including from subordinates). These are the kinds of people with whom wisdom resides.
Notice in the scriptural verse above, that it is only those who first acknowledge that they lack wisdom that will ask.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask…”
If you do not acknowledge it, you will not ask. And this principle is not only applicable to receiving from God, but also to receiving through men (as channels).
It is only a person who acknowledges his deficiency and ignorance in an area that can position him/herself to learn and grow in that area.
Many people today are in marriages and relationships that can best be described as ‘Disasters’ yet, they will never go for counselling or even buy (and actually read) a book on relationships or marriage. They just believe that they know how to handle it.
Some people are occupying positions of authority and they bear titles that suggests that they are ‘leaders’. Yet, in the very practical sense of it, their leadership ‘sucks’. They just cannot accept suggestions or corrections or advice from their ‘followers’ (afterall, they’re the boss). But Moses demonstrated to us that even a Prophet that hears directly from God can still learn from man. (Remember Moses and Jethro)
Never be too Big, too Advanced, too Schooled or too High in Position to acknowledge that you still do not know it all. It is the Foundational Prerequisite for Wisdom.
Remember Solomon. First he acknowledged that he lacked it and so he asked for it, then he got it.
Apply the same principle in everything you do.
God bless you Abundantly.