Wisdom - Don't leave home without it!
What is it?
Wisdom. So many of us need it but so few of us seek it.
Wisdom is knowing what to do and when to do it. Some may argue that its only source is God. Deuteronomy 4:5-8 suggests that wisdom manifested in someone’s life is evidence of an authentic relationship with God.
Where does it come from?
If wisdom is not God given, where does it come from, who has it and how can we get it?
The well-known expression “Experience teaches wisdom” originated in the bible (Job 32:7) and many have come to agree with it especially after attaining a certain age and stage in life. I have certainly started to agree with that expression more and more each year. Many times I wonder why I couldn’t have learnt some very important lessons sometime earlier and saved myself unnecessary unhappiness.
From a psychological perspective wisdom is an integration of knowledge, experience, and understanding of the nuances of life and living. Wise people seem to have an ability to grasp the big picture and often spend considerable amounts of time in introspection and contemplation.
The benefits of wisdom
- According to Colossians 1:9-10, we cannot know the will of God and live a life that pleases Him without His wisdom. If God did indeed create wisdom and is the only true source, then we will need wisdom to know what he desires from us.
- Proverbs 31:26 suggests that a woman should not be categorized as virtuous or upright if she does not know and speak wisdom.
- Wisdom will prevent you from committing adultery and fornication.(Proverbs 5:1-14, 7:1-9)
- In order to be an effective Christian minister and leader, wisdom is required. (Deuteronomy 34:9, 2 Chronicles 1:10)
If we are not wise then, what are we?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, some antonyms of wise are: foolish, dense and stupid. These descriptions make me even more inclined to seek wisdom lest I fall in any other category!
James 1:5-8 reassures us that if we want more wisdom we can access an unending supply if we go to God for it. As we continue to live our lives and face insurmountable challenges, wisdom could be a very useful resource that can limit our frustration and disappointment, increase our propensity for success and prosperity. I think I’d like some more wisdom. Wouldn't you?
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