How do we get wisdom? We know we must ask for it, and we must listen to those in authority over us, but first, we must have faith. Vv. 5-6 are two of the most popular proverbs in the whole book. Solomon tells his son to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Until we get the “trust in the Lord” part of that proverb down, we are going to lack the ability to lean correctly or even acknowledge the correct person. Faith changes that, because it takes the focus off of me and puts it directly upon the Almighty. I can no longer take credit for my successes or bring glory to myself, because He alone is worthy of all praise. The impact of life-changing faith is far beyond our comprehension. Solomon mentions several areas including our finances, our reputation, our family, and even his discipline in our lives. All will be far better when His wisdom dominates our decisions and our faith is in Him alone. It boggles my mind that so many forsake God’s wisdom to follow their instincts and emotions. That person is literally rejecting the best life for something that does not even come close. As a matter of fact, there is absolutely no comparison, because His wisdom only leads to the best while mine is a “crapshoot” no matter how simple the decision might be. Your family needs God’s wisdom. Your finances need God’s wisdom, and your reputation needs God’s wisdom. That is reality and it all happens by faith alone!

Help me, Lord, to seek wisdom because I trust You with all my heart. Help me to lean on You and acknowledge You so that You can make my paths straight.