To answer your good question, let’s read Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” 

This portion is an exhortation for us to pursue wisdom.  To receive wisdom, we must receive the words of wisdom…God’s Word.  We must hide His commandments in our hearts as we read in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  We must listen to His Word and apply our hearts to understand His wisdom.  There must be a crying (praying) for knowledge and understanding.  We must truly value wisdom for it is worth far more than great riches.  If we are willing to do these things, then the promise is given to us in verse 5, “Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” 

We read in Proverbs 3:13-15, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.”  We can know that we are becoming wise when we learn the proper value of the Lord’s wisdom!

We read in James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”  The Lord wants us to have His wisdom.  He will give it to us whenever we ask for His wisdom in every situation. 

Proverbs 4:5, 4:7, 16:16, and 17:16 all instruct us to do the same thing: GET WISDOM.  Proverbs 4:7 is very clear, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  Notice in our original portion that we find importance given to WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, and KNOWLEDGE.  This entire chapter points out the importance and value of gaining wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.  I encourage you to carefully read this chapter to become personally aware of the great value of wisdom.  (398.2)