Monday, October 18, 2010

Being Wise: Books and Scripture

Wisdom is an attribute I highly value. I crave wisdom for myself, for my family, and for those in my church.

Scriptures related to Wisdom

The Book of Proverbs -- seriously, read the whole book regularly. Once a month or so.

Psalm 51:6 (ESV) Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Psalm 90:12 (ESV) So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 111:10 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Acts 6:3 (ESV) Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

1 Cor. 1:30 (ESV) He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Col. 3:16 (ESV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

James 1:5 (ESV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James 3:13 (ESV) Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

James 3:17 (ESV) But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Books on Making Wise Decisions

Decision, Decisions by Swavly

Discovering God's Will by Ferguson

Decision Making and the Will of God by Friesen

Found: God's Will by MacArthur

Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? by Waltke

Books on Wisdom

The Discipline of Discernment by Challies

Spurgeon's Practical Wisdom by Spurgeon

Fool's Gold by MacArthur

A Proverbs Driven life by Selvaggio

Holman Bible Commentary on Proverbs by Anders

Gospel Fear by Burroughs


sweetdaddyt said...

maybe you can help me on this little thought... I was reading the verses on wisdom and noticed Jesus HIMSELF never spoke on that! i know its in his Word so HE wants us to be wise but Jesus never taught on it??? there may not be a good answer here just wondering

Noah D. Lee said...

Hey Tim,
Check out Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus did teach on wisdom. I should have included this passage in my list.

Great to hear from you.

sweetdaddyt said...

so He did... of the books you recommended, which should i read 1st? since i finished school, I am catching myself reading some of the books i never got around to (most of which you recommeded)

Noah D. Lee said...

The book I would recommend is one I inadvertently left off my list. Get Kevin DeYoung's "Just Do Something." It is a quick, easy read book. The conclusion of the book is excellent.

I would also read MacArthur. Very short (you can probably read it in an hour or two) and really helpful.