“The proverbs … for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair…The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:1-3; 7
While working on these blogs on gaining wisdom, I realize the advice is somewhat never-ending. Much like the endless lists of advice in Proverbs, there is no one piece of information that will summarize living the good, wise life. Wisdom is learned through living a disciplined life.
The Bible says, “Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law.” (Psalms 94:12) There are many other verses that explain the wisdom that is gained from being disciplined and living a disciplined life. I challenge you just to search on the internet “verses on discipline” to see the importance of discipline and the context of how discipline is utilized in our walk towards wisdom.
Living a disciplined life is a practice and a way of life that values time alone and in communion with God, with others and in the scripture. It is an investment in the Fruit of the Spirit in our relationships with Christ and others. It is life that values running to finish a strong race with endurance and perseverance. It is life full of grace and repentance. It is both a very challenging, but yet simple answer—it is discipline. Loving discipline both in receiving it and obtaining it is what it means to walk as a child of God and is where wisdom is found.
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University. Learn more about Liberty University here.
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