How do you define wisdom? Do you believe wisdom is an accumulation of knowledge? Does wisdom include the ability to comprehend complex issues or problems? Do you seek to be wise? Do you consider yourself wise?
Wisdom is something we seldom talk about today. We often talk about education, knowledge, or training, but not wisdom. To have wisdom is to be wise. Being wise includes possessing judgment, discernment, and discretion. Notice that knowledge is not part of the definition.
I view wisdom as the ability to take what you know and determine the best solution for an issue or problem you must deal with. Wisdom is more about your ability to work through a problem than it is about acquiring knowledge. That is not to say knowledge is not important. We need knowledge to feed into our wisdom process.
The Apostle Paul tells the church in Corinth that he and his companions bring a message of wisdom. However, it is not of worldly wisdom but the wisdom of God. What is the difference? Wisdom of this world can be used to determine the best way to tackle a situation at work, construction of a house, or when to perform car maintenance.
The wisdom of God reveals to us eternal implications. We review the evidence of God’s actions in creation, his plan as revealed in prophecy and fulfillment, and deciding to trust his promises. Wisdom that comes from God does not always make sense according to worldly wisdom. Of course, God’s wisdom is far higher than any worldly wisdom.
I pray we all pursue Godly wisdom. I pray we acquire knowledge by reading and studying God’s Word. I pray each one of us ask God to grant us wisdom that leads to eternal life. Seek to know God’s Word. Seek God’s wisdom. Apply God’s wisdom to your life.
1 Corinthians 2:6-7 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.