Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob gives us the following counsel: “O be wise; what can I say more?” (Jacob 6:12).
Near the end of the book, the prophet Moroni advises us, “Be wise in the days of your probation” (Mormon 9:28).
The words “wisdom” and “wise” appear exactly 100 times in the Book of Mormon (“wise” appears 41 times, and “wisdom” appears 59 times). Today, I studied those passages to find out what I can learn which will help me to be wiser. Here’s what I learned:
- God has all wisdom and all power (Mosiah 4:9, Alma 26:35). We can have faith in His governance of the universe, because all things have been done in His wisdom (2 Nephi 2:24).
- The Book of Mormon was written, preserved, and given to us by the wisdom of God (1 Nephi 9:5, 1 Nephi 19:3, Words of Mormon 1:7, Alma 37:2, 12, 14, 18, 3 Nephi 21:4, 3 Nephi 26:2, 3 Nephi 29:1, Mormon 5:13, Ether 8:23, Moroni 10:3).
- Wisdom is more powerful than cleverness. God’s wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil (3 Nephi 21:10).
- We can ask God to give us wisdom (Alma 31:35). If we will listen to the Spirit of the Lord, it will guide us in wisdom’s paths (Mosiah 2:36).
- We can “learn wisdom” by listening to teachers and from our own experiences (Mosiah 2:17, Alma 32:12, Alma 38:9).
- Gaining wisdom takes effort: we must apply our hearts to understanding (Mosiah 12:27).
- Wisdom is not age-specific; young people can also learn wisdom (Alma 37:35).
- When we gain some wisdom, we can be tempted to overestimate how wise we really are. This can lead us to ignore our dependence on God (2 Nephi 9:28, 42-43). To avoid this trap, we should not boast of our wisdom (Alma 38:11, 13, Alma 39:2, 2 Nephi 20:13, 2 Nephi 15:21). We should not depend on our own wisdom alone (Helaman 16:15).
- The pursuit of wisdom is also the willingness to submit to wisdom: We should be quick to walk in wisdom’s paths (Helaman 12:5). We should strive to do all things in wisdom and order (Mosiah 4:27). We should desire that wisdom rule over us (Mosiah 8:20).
- Wise people obey the commandments of God. Therefore, they build their lives on a solid foundation (3 Nephi 14:24-25).
Today, I will strive to be wise. I will remember that God has all wisdom, and I will ask Him for wisdom and for guidance. I will make an effort to learn from the words of others and from my own experiences. I will avoid overestimating my wisdom and will acknowledge my dependence on God. I will strive to discipline myself and submit my actions to the demands of wisdom.
When we gain some wisdom, we can we tempted to overestimate how wise we really are.
Typo-we can “be” tempted
Thanks. Fixed it.