Blessed is the man who listens to me (wisdom), watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors."
Proverbs 8:1, 34 (NKJV)
In Proverbs chapter 8 wisdom is personified and shown talking to people about the advantages of wisdom, understanding and instruction. In Proverbs 8 we learn that kings reign through wisdom (8:15), that God had wisdom before creation (8:22) and wisdom is like a master craftsman (8:30). Most people would agree that wisdom is a good thing but strangely enough wisdom is something that many people don't seem to have enough of.
Since wisdom is so good what can we do to get more wisdom? Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we do not put God and His ways in first place in our life we will not even be able to start on the path of wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 says that with humility comes wisdom but that with pride comes shame. This lets us know that a right attitude is also important if we want to get wisdom. A third thing about getting wisdom is that we need to watch for wisdom.
How can we "watch for wisdom"? The Bible tells us that God gives wisdom and He stores up wisdom for the righteous (Proverbs 2:6, 7). We can get wisdom by following God and making sure we spend time with His Word. Another good way to get wisdom is to make sure we spend time with the right people. Wisdom is with those who have understanding (Proverbs 10:13, 23; 14:33) and wisdom comes from the mouth of the righteous (Proverbs 10:31). The people we listen to should first of all be godly people and secondly people who have some understanding. There are a lot of people who want you to listen to them but they don't have any wisdom to give. Be choosy about who you listen to and watch for wisdom coming through God's Word and godly people. Take the time to watch for wisdom and you will reap the benefits!