There are many, many character traits my husband and I want to teach our kids: to show perseverance; to always practice integrity; and to understand how to lead with humility and grace.
However, there is one foundational character quality that we encourage above all else:
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:8: “Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.”
You see, wisdom is the source of all the character traits. It’s the foundational piece from which all other spiritual growth springs.
Proverbs 9:11-12 says that wisdom will “multiply your days and add years to your life.”
In fact, wisdom was created before any other aspect of our world was created (Proverbs 8:22-31)! I just learned this the other day and this concept blew me away. God established the concept of wisdom, and then built everything else we see around us on that core principle.
God ordered his universe to work perfectly together using the foundational element of wisdom, and all things were created in His wisdom (Proverbs 3:19-20). Therefore, doesn’t it make sense that we should encourage our kids toward wisdom as the stepping stone to all other character qualities we teach?
What will happen to a society when a generation of kids are raised to cultivate godly wisdom? I know no faster way of changing the world!
Here are a list of 38 Bible Verses that Teach Kids About Wisdom:
Note: These verses can be memorized, completed as part of a daily devotional or be part of a family reading time at the dinner table. Be sure to check out these posts as helpful resources in each of these areas:
5 Step Method for Kids Personal Bible Study Time (includes a free downloadable bookmark)
Wisdom is Available to Everyone:
“Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cried aloud, ‘I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.” Proverbs 8:1-3
Wisdom Is Found By Those Who Seek It:
“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.” Proverbs 8:17
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5
Wisdom Is Highly Valued by God:
“Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.” Proverbs 8:10-11
[Solomon speaking] “‘Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?’ The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, ‘Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.’” 1 Kings 3:9-13
Wisdom Is Foundational:
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.” Proverbs 24:3-4
God’s Wisdom Is Supreme:
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 1 Cor 3:19
Wisdom is Found in God:
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
Proverbs 2 (entire chapter)
“The fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” Proverbs 9:10
“But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.” Job 12:13
“God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens. He decided how hard the winds should blow and how much rain should fall. He made the laws for the rain and laid out a path for the lightning.Then he saw wisdom and evaluated it. He set it in place and examined it thoroughly. And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’” Job 28:23-28
‘He said, ‘Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power.'” Daniel 2:20
“And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.” 1 Cor 2: 4-7
“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col 2:3
“They sang, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.'” Rev 7:12
Wisdom will Protect and Guard:
“Wise choices will watch over you. understanding will keep you safe.” Proverbs 2:11
“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.” Proverbs 4:6
“Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.” Proverbs 28:26
“None of them could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.” Acts 6:10
Wisdom Is a Choice:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
“Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.” Proverbs 7:4
“Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24
Wisdom Brings Joy:
“Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you. She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.” Proverbs 4:5-9
“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” Proverbs 19:8
Wisdom Is Evident Through Actions:
“Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.” Proverbs 14:33
“Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4
“‘The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19
“But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” Luke 7:35
“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:13-18
Wisdom Is Meant to Be Shared:
“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.” Col 1:28
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Col 3:6
Jesus Is Wisdom Personified:
“‘For the time is coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.'” Jeremiah 23:5
“There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.” Luke 2:40
“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Luke 2:52
Other Ways to Encourage Wisdom
Wisdom is a concept that must be both a continual input and flow from the Holy Spirit, and a habitual practice (evident through wise choices). We must teach both an inputting and a practical application of wisdom. These two aspects of wisdom play off each other in a beautiful harmony.
How can we encourage our kids toward the importance of godly wisdom?
Today I’m sharing 7 ways to encourage godly wisdom in a post for the “30 Days of Raising Boys” series called “The Most Important Character Trait to Teach Boys.” You can check it out here!
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**Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.