“Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.”
Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” People from all walks of life know the importance of gaining wisdom. According to Proverbs 8, it is by wisdom that princes rule, judges make judgments, and it is by wisdom that God created this world. Wisdom is one of the most important things anyone can obtain.
It is by wisdom that a young person matures into an adult. It is by wisdom that the problems of life are solved. It is by wisdom that a man preserves his soul from destruction. God says that wisdom is where you find life and obtain His favor.
However, if wisdom is so important, how do we find it? The verses above show us the gateways of wisdom. In other words, a person who has ever stood at the gateways mentioned in the verse above has never failed to find wisdom. There are three gateways from whence you will find wisdom.
The first gateway of wisdom is found by listening to instruction. God says, “Hear instruction…” Several things are meant by this gateway. It means that you must be in the place where instruction is given if you are going to hear it. You will never hear instruction by being in the places of foolishness. One reason many never find wisdom is because they are never in the places where instruction is given. You will never find instruction in the bars, rock concerts, or worldly venues. My friend, if you are going to hear godly instruction, you need to be in the places where you can hear it.
Moreover, you need to have a spirit of reception when instruction is given. Many people have missed godly wisdom because their heart is hardened towards the authorities who are instructing them. Likewise, you can’t hear instruction when you are busy talking. You are going to learn more from being silent than you ever will from talking. If you will learn to be silent and listen, you will hear the instruction that opens the gateway to wisdom.
The second gateway to wisdom is found by watching. The verse above says, “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates…” You can learn a lot if you learn to watch how others do things. Christian, there is nothing wrong with watching how others do things and copying them. Too many people don’t want to be like anyone else, so they never learn the wisdom they need because they never watch. You should train your eyes to watch and learn from the mistakes and successes of others. Wisdom is often found in the failures and successes of others, but you are going to have to stop long enough to watch and study what they do if you are going to gain wisdom from them.
The third gateway to wisdom is found by waiting. Don’t be guilty of rushing into things. You will find that waiting has a way of giving you wisdom because you have time to learn everything about a situation before you act. Those who are quick to act without waiting often find that they must clean up the mess of foolishness that they could have averted had they waited. Wisdom is worth waiting for; don’t be impatient and always have to act. The rewards of waiting for wisdom to show herself are priceless and rewarding.