In addition to righteousness, the second of the three virtues I believe leads to a blessed life is wisdom. While many of us hear this somewhat intimidating term and think it refers to intelligence or “book smarts,” the truth is that wisdom is inextricably linked to character. For this reason, it can always be cultivated and inherited in greater measure. Perhaps this is why James 1:5 says to ask God for more of it, and He will gladly provide. So what exactly is wisdom? I believe it’s simply humility — the opposite of arrogance. Wisdom is an attitude of heart that doesn’t assume it knows best but that seeks advice and input from others. It yields to the Lord’s way and is willing to consider the perspectives of people who may think differently or have a deeper level of understanding. In short, a wise person remains teachable and does not go to extremes. When it comes to Biblical examples of this Godly attribute, no one is as well-known as King Solomon. Though his Heavenly Father offered him anything he wanted, whether wealth, possessions, or kingdoms, because he sought wisdom first, everything else he asked for was added to him. In fact, his pursuit of it ensured that he could handle the responsibility of his possessions without them possessing him.
My friend, if you want to experience an abundantly blessed life, add wisdom to Godly righteousness. As you seek to do the next right thing, surround yourself with people who are wise — not in the world’s eyes — but in the words and ways of Christ’s Kingdom. Submit to the authority of Scripture in all things, remain sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and most importantly, keep the company of those who love the Lord with all their soul, mind, and strength. Let your heart remain moldable and your spirit teachable, and you will experience a deep and abiding joy that overcomes the constant shifting of earthly circumstances.