What things we would give for wisdom. Have you ever seen an accident coming before it happened? Here are a few examples:

It’s a one-way bridge, but I can get across before that truck comes.

Guess I’ll try the old bus out on this straight stretch; she ought to do 90 anyway.

I can reach that if I stand on a chair.

Here, let a man show you how to carry that; you don’t need two guys for it.

Life is like a series of intersections. Wisdom is necessary to skillfully navigate each path. The problem is we all have a shortage of wisdom. This deficiency is often highlighted by our problems and mistakes. A lack of wisdom often taints our judgment in relationships, finances, and work situations. It even affects our driving, which begs the question: Is it ever right to run a light? Let’s see how wisdom would respond.

The first step to wisdom lies in acknowledging our deficiency. That’s right—we have to admit our need for wisdom. If we are arrogant and stubborn about acknowledging this shortcoming, God may confront us with a situation so overwhelming that we are brought to our wit’s end.

Then wisdom must be sought. We can express our need directly to God, the Source of all wisdom. But we can also obtain wisdom through the people God has put in our lives: pastors, teachers, parents, and godly friends. Go ahead and ask for wisdom, then put yourself in a position where it is readily obtainable.

For the rest of your life, there will be decisions you must make, all of which require wisdom: When should you sell your house? What type of car should you purchase? Which job should you take? Who should you marry? Is it ever right to run a light? Wisdom will help us make the best decision in each unique situation.

Wisdom is yours for the taking—just acknowledge your need and ask for it today.

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. — Jonathan Swift

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.