How to Become Wise [Proverbs 13:20 Daily Devotional]
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
What is this verse about?
The author of this proverb is encouraging us to hang out with wise people so we can also become wise. The reason we need to be intentional about hanging out with wise people is that the opposite is true, too. If we hang out with foolish people, we end up becoming foolish, too. Essentially, you become who you associate yourself with.
How to Become Wise
One application of this verse is found in the verse itself: surround yourself with wise people and don’t associate with foolish people. If your group of friends is all foolish, you’re likely to fall into the same foolish habits they do, which will then cause you to be hurt. You could be physically hurt by stupid decisions they make or mentally and emotionally hurt by the decisions they make that impact you.
Wisdom also comes from spending daily time with God. Reading your Bible is the foundation of godly wisdom. These devotionals are a good starting place, but this is something you can do on your own as well. Spend 5 minutes reading your Bible and take some notes and see how God speaks to you in that time.
Jesus, help me to pick my friends more intentionally. Help me to run with crowds that will build me up rather than harm me. Give me the courage to cut ties where I need to and pursue relationships when necessary. It’s in your name I pray, amen.