Few feelings are as frustrating as futility. Imagin working for months to package a deal, only to have the potential partner walk away at the last minute. You look back over all the time and effort put into the project - all for nothing - and feel futile.
While that's bad, imagine getting to the end of life and looking back and realising you were chasing the wrong things. What would it feel like to reach the top of the ladder of success, only to learn that it's been leaning against the wrong building.
As opposed to knowedge, which is information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance, Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting. In other words, wisdom includes a moral component rooted in God's kingdom whereby we make decisions based on God's sense of righteousness.
Although God says that as the heavens are higher than the earth, his ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9), he gives us the opportunity to step into his way of seeing things through wisdom. He actually tells us to ask for wisdom:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).
Our trouble is that we live in an age when weapons of mass distraction like social media continually bombard us with information, perspectives, and values completely at odds with God and his kingdom. In contrast, when God's wisdom shows up, it brings peace, gentleness, reasonableness, and mercy (James 3:17).
So what do we do this? First, understand that 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom' (Psalm 110:10). That is, wisdom is rooted in a deep respect for God - for who and what He is - and for his character: holy good, righteous, and just. True wisdom begins with a posture of humility before God.
Second, make getting wisdom a priority. I don't know what's on your Top 10 list to get done for 2018, but I would suggest that getting wisdom should be near the top. But here's the deal: it takes some wisdom to get wisdom. That is, you have to trsust God enough to realise he's right, and that if you get wisdom, you'll be blessed. You have to be wise enough to believe that getting wisdom is one of the wisest things you'll ever do. Because, if you don't, if you don't make getting wisdom a priority to be pursued above success, wealth, and happiness, you won't get it.
The beginning of wisdom is this: