What's the best piece of advice you've ever received? If you're received lots of great advice, just share any of it. Who did it come from? Why has it stuck with you?
This week we're talking about wisdom and the importance of asking God for it.
What is wisdom? Have you ever known anyone who was wise? What was it about their life that made you decide they were wise?
Do you ever feel like life requires more wisdom than you can muster? Share a time when you felt like you didn't have the wisdom necessary to get through a situation, navigate a relationship, etc.
Is needing wisdom on your mind every day? If not, what can we do to keep our need for wisdom in front of us?
There's a big difference between relying on our own "wisdom" and relying on God's. Give a few examples of ways humans think they're wise that contradict God's wisdom. How is the world filling in this blank: It's wise to ___________. Is God filling it in the same way?
Is praying to God for wisdom a regular part of your prayer life? If so, how have you seen it answered (or not answered)? If not, why do you think you haven't been praying that prayer?
Tonight, with your group, pray the book of Proverbs. Open it together and look for three Proverbs you'd like to pray. Once you've found your three, pray them one at a time.
For example, if you chose Proverbs 12:1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid,” you might pray this: “God, help me to accept (and even love) discipline. Help me to welcome constructive criticism. Help me to empower others to speak correction into my life. Help me not to be stupid."
Read Proverbs 1:20-33
- What happens to the person who chooses wisdom and fears the Lord?
- What happens to the person who ignores wisdom?
- Have you seen any examples of these consequences playing out in your life or the lives around you?