Throughout the 3rd Chapter of Proverbs are suggestions on how to find wisdom, and it’s not so much what a person does to find it as what not to do.
1. Do not lean unto your own understanding. (Seek counsel from other people and God in prayer.)
2. Do not be wise in thine own eyes. (Can’t always trust what you see so allow time for discretion.)
3. Do not reject correction. (No one person knows everything, so humbly accept correction and guidance. Learn from mistakes and do it right.)
4. Do not loathe correction. (Correction should be a daily spiritual practice.)
5. Do no be afraid of sudden terror: destruction of the wicked. (God is angry with the wicked every day and provides discipline or extermination.)
There are five more principles of wisdom in dealing with people.
6. Do not withhold good to whom it is due. (Be liberal in actions toward a person.)
7. Do not deceive a neighbor.
8. Do not plot evil.
9. Do not argue when there is no reason. (You’d be wasting energy that can be used to give God glory in another matter.)
10. Do not envy the cruel man.
My favorite proverb is to lean not unto my own understanding but acknowledge God in everything. This can be done only if all the sin is put on the back of Jesus and taken to the cross of death.
My mother was a great orator of the book of Proverbs – said it was all there. And she was full of wisdom.
She never gossiped, showed off, practiced evil, lied, spoke loud or evil, and reverently accepted what life and God offered.