To be wise from a biblical perspective, one must begin with a proper relationship with God. To fear the Lord means to respect Him for who He is and to respond to Him in trust, worship, obedience, and service. If God is not honored and His Word not followed, wisdom can never be attained.
As the third child of seven siblings and the second male of five males, I had a very special relationship with my dad. I remember so clearly to this day his telling me that wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. He would encourage me time and time again to listen closely to what he would say. He would put emphasis on "proper application", choosing the right way.
The instructions and teachings from my dad is what pointed me toward Salvation.
Jesus said "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27, NLT). When we become sensitive to the voice of God and respond to it, we encounter His wisdom in Scripture and through the Holy Spirit.
"Father, I pray I would ask and that You would generously give wisdom to me as You promise in James 1:5"
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