“Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer.” Proverbs 13:20 (NCV)
Have you ever heard of the old phrase, “If you want to soar with the eagles, you can’t run with the turkeys”?
You don’t need a lot of friends in life. You just need a few good friends who understand the unique needs of your life. You need people who can build you up, not tear you down, people who are wise, not fools.
You could spend your whole time studying, and praying. You would grow in knowledge, but not wisdom. You cannot grow in wisdom by yourself.
Why? Because wisdom is all about love.
Wisdom shows up primarily in relationships. That’s why some people have educational degrees, but their marriages are falling apart. They’re educated, but they’re not wise.
It’s always easier for somebody to pull you down than to pull you up. People who pull you down are not your friends.
Friends pull you up. Friends encourage you in your pursuit of godly wisdom by offering their own.
Cherish the good friends you have, be a good friend to others and you both grow in wisdom.
Father, I thank you for the good people and friends around me. Give us the grace to daily grow in Your Wisdom IJN.