Solomon didn’t write a book full of flowery platitudes and wouldn’t-it-be-nice-if statements. Instead, it is a very practical book, full of situations and circumstances with present-day, right-now applications. One of those applications is found in Proverbs 2:1-11, where Solomon provides a series of action steps for the reader to take to begin to incorporate wisdom into is or her life. I believe these steps are applicable to gaining wisdom and overcoming an excessity:
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,
and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom,
and from his mouth comes knowledge and
He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair — every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Step 1: Accept the truth and store up God’s word.
Step 2: Be careful what you listen to and apply.
Step 3: Ask for help.
Step 4: Keep your eyes open and believe.
Step 5: Consider the source.
Step 6: Trust God to protect you.
Step 7: Know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Step 8: Claim the prize.
There is a prize that awaits this search for wisdom. The prize is wisdom itself, along with knowledge, discretion, and understanding. God is not in the carrot-dangling business. There is a finish line to wisdom He means for you to cross, even if He has to carry over it Himself.
Source: Chapter 11, “How God Provides Wisdom” in Gotta Have It! by Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc.