“She opens her mouth in wisdom” (Proverbs 31:26).
This verse convicts me. When I read it, I picture a seasoned woman who is characterized by being ready to, at any given time, share Biblical wisdom with those she encounters. She cannot possibly know what specific situations she will run into, but she is properly equipped to shed wisdom on any issue. The question is, how has that equipping taken place? Here are four ways you can be ready to open your mouth in wisdom.
1. Immerse yourself in the Bible.
As believers who hold to the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, we know that the Word of God contains wisdom and practical help for every situation in life. The divine power of Jesus Christ “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence”
(2 Peter 1:3). This verse tells us that through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we have been given “everything pertaining to life and godliness”. Everything means everything. There is no situation to which the wisdom of the Bible does not apply! But we must truly know Christ and know His Word in order to be prepared to share His wisdom with others. Make a daily habit of getting to know God through what He has written to you.
2. Ask God to impart His wisdom.
James couldn’t make it any plainer when he tells us, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). I love that this is something God gives generously. This is such an easy commandment to obey, and yet somehow I push “ask God for wisdom” to the bottom of my figurative to-do list all too often. Is wisdom something you regularly request of your Heavenly Father?
3. Spend time with wise women.
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Make sure that those who have the greatest influence on you are believers who display God’s wisdom in how they live and speak. Be teachable and learn from their wisdom. Seek counsel from those who are ready to open their mouths in wisdom. And in turn, seek to be a wise woman whom others can learn from, ask counsel of, and imitate.
4. Do not permit worldly “wisdom” to infiltrate your thinking.
It is extremely easy to allow our culture to influence how we think about life issues. This can happen subtly and under many guises. We are constantly bombarded with philosophies that may sound good and even be partially true, but are, in fact, far from biblical and God-honoring. It is critical that we evaluate everything against God’s Word. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God”
(1 Corinthians 3:19 a). Be very, very cautious about the worldly influences that you allow to speak into your life. They will very quickly hinder you from opening your mouth in wisdom.
Are you immersing yourself in the wisdom of the Bible? Do you petition God for His wisdom? Have you built relationships with wise believers? Do you allow ungodly influences to affect your thinking? Perhaps it would be beneficial to evaluate a handful of your recent conversations. Have you opened your mouth in wisdom? If not, what needs to change? Consider which of these steps you can grow in, and ask the Lord to help you do so.