Do you desire wisdom? Do you wish you could see the truth? Do you wish you could keep yourself from being deceived? Would you like to see things from the big picture point of view? Do you believe that would help you understand life better?
Wisdom is not something we talk about much in today’s culture. Instead, we talk about knowledge and education. Unfortunately, knowledge and education can only proceed so far. There is a point when they are exhausted, even if we fail to see it.
Wisdom goes beyond knowledge and education. A wise person discerns when and how to apply the knowledge they have acquired. Knowing a typical screw is turned to the right to tighten it and to the left to loosen it can only be put to proper use when we are wise enough to turn it in the right direction to accomplish our goal. Of course, this is a very small example, but the principle can be applied to all knowledge.
But wisdom isn’t limited to discernment in applying our knowledge. It expands into judging correctly. Judgment is not for or against a person but judging between right and wrong. It is seeing the situation from God’s perspective and determining which action is right or wrong — making our choices based on the wisdom of God.
The wisdom we need, and should desire, is the wisdom of Christ. As we see in today’s passage, this wisdom is a treasure. Wisdom is more precious than all the silver, gold, or jewels we can acquire (Proverbs 8:10-11). Wisdom is what we are to seek and true wisdom can only come from God.
I pray we all seek the wisdom of God. I pray we ask God to bless us with his wisdom. I pray each one of us will spend time in prayer, reading God’s Word, and seeking his wisdom for our lives. Acquire knowledge. Be discerning. Rightly judge. Seek wisdom. Ask God for wisdom. Apply God’s wisdom to your life.
Colossians 2:2-4 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.