Proverbs 18:1-2, “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”
There are four keys here to knowing God’s wisdom.
1. A desire to know God’s wisdom.
Not everyone desires to know the wisdom of God. Verse 2 tells us about the fool. We do not want to be like the fool. He doesn’t seek God’s wisdom. He doesn’t seek the advice of godly men. He thinks he knows it all. He is self-centered and self-seeking.
The end of verse 2 tells us his heart wants to discover itself. The word discover means to expose himself. This is one who desires to be seen. He desires to be recognized. He is a name dropper. He brags on himself. How often we see that in our world today.
This man is more concerned about himself than he is about doing the will of God. He is more concerned about himself than he is about his call to service. If we are to be God’s servants, we must genuinely desire to know God, determine to spend time in His Word, and seek Him.
2. Take time to separate yourself.
If I really want to know God’s will, God’s direction, and God’s wisdom then I must determine to take time in my life to separate from personal pleasure and seek God. I must decide to lay aside my own opinions based upon tradition and worldly knowledge and seek His opinion in His Word.
I must be willing to separate myself from my companions in order to spend time with the one Who created me and is the source of all wisdom.
Separating myself from these things will allow me to do the next thing.
3. Get alone with God.
Every servant of God must spend time in the Word seeking God and visiting Him. Every servant of God must spend time in prayer asking God for His direction, His enabling, and His provision.
4. Get counsel from objective godly people who are wise.
Get counsel from people who are not trying to impress you or gain your favor. Find people who care more about what God thinks than what you think of them. These people will speak God’s truth.
If you want to know the wisdom of God, first you must desire to know God’s wisdom. Then you must take time to separate yourself. Thirdly, you must be willing to get alone with God and last you must get counsel from objective, godly people who are wise. Following these will allow you to walk in the wisdom of God and be successful as God’s servant.