Daily practices that lead to wisdom

Wisdom is not a technique, but rather a path. There is not a single revelation that will make you wise. Rather, there are certain daily practices that lead to wisdom. They are steps on the path toward wisdom.

These are 5 daily practices that lead to wisdom that Tim Keller lists. 

  1. Knowing God
  2. Knowing yourself
  3. Knowing your friends
  4. Knowing God's database of best practices
  5. Knowing trouble in the proper way

Or summed up in more specific actions:

  1. Grow in your experience and faith of how much God loves you
  2. Ruthlessly examine and acknowledge your own flaws and foolishness
  3. Listen to advice
  4. Learn and apply the principles God says about how the world works
  5. Trust God through suffering

Knowing God

Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3

Find ways to let the truth about God's love for you go to the very bottom of your heart. Whatever helps you grow in your understanding and faith that God loves you beyond understanding and that he will never leave. The closer God's love is to the bottom of your heart, the more at peace you will be. 

Knowing yourself

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5
Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Proverbs 3:7

Paradox in the proverbs: wise people understand they are foolish, and foolish people believe they are wise. You need to understand your utter foolishness and admit it. The foundation of God's love for you is how you are able to admit your foolishness and flaws.

The strength of God's love to define who you are helps you admit your flaws and foolishness. You need ruthless self-examination, and God's love keeps it from being traumatic, because it doesn't shake your core identity.

Knowing your friends

Learn to listen to other people. They can see things you cannot. 

Knowing God's database of best practices

You learn these through reading the Bible. Generosity leads to true riches. When you are wronged, forgive. Bring the cross into the center of your life and apply it to everything.

Knowing trouble in the proper way

Times of trouble have huge potential for growth in wisdom, more so than in times without trouble. Sink deeper into the truth that God suffered and died for the sake of his love for you.