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Proverbs 2:1-7 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. (KJV)
There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge = facts, information and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the practical understanding of a subject. Synonyms: understanding; comprehension; grasp; command; mastery.
Wisdom = the value of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. Synonyms: level-headedness, intelligence, common sense, shrewdness; astuteness; smartness; judiciousness; prudence, logic, soundness.
Knowledge is having facts. We go to school to amass knowledge.
Wisdom is applying those facts to life. Any knowledge is useless without wisdom!
Understanding is comprehension. It is the ability to think, discern, learn.
Wisdom is an attribute of God: (Job 12:13; Ps.104:24; 136:5; 147:5; Pro.3:19; Jer.10:7,12; Dan.2:20-21; Rom.11:33; 16:27; 1 Cor.1:24; Eph.1:8; 3:10; Col. 2:2-3; 1 Tim.1:17)
Wisdom is given by God: (Ex.31:3; 1 Ki. 3:12; 4:29; 2 Chron.1:10; Ezra 7:25; Ps. 9:7; Pro.2:6; Ecc.2:26; Dan.2:20; Lk 21:15; Acts 6:10; 7:10; Jam.1:5; 2 Pet.3:15)
Wisdom, characteristics of: (Deut.4:6; Job 28:28; Pro.1:5; 4:7; 10:8; 14:8; 24:7; Hosea 14:9; Mat.7:24; Jam.3:13,17)
Wisdom to be valued: (Job 28:12; Ps.90:12; Pro.1:7; 1:12; 3:13-14, 21; 4:7; 8:11; 9:10-12; Ecc.2:13; 7:19; 9:13; Mat.10:16; Rom.16:19; Eph. 5:15; 2 Tim.3:15)
Few Scriptures advise us to acquire more knowledge, but many warn us to seek wisdom. If we follow Biblical standards, God will give us understanding and guidance for every decision and situation we encounter.
More about wisdom.
The Bible makes a distinction between two very different kinds of wisdom:
#1. Worldly wisdom is to use our knowledge and information. It is based on human understanding and reasoning, but it is foolishness to the Lord (1 Cor. 3:19).
#2. Godly wisdom is the ability to see things from the Father’s viewpoint and respond according to Scriptural doctrines.
How do we acquire godly wisdom? It takes time and effort to become really wise because it comes as a result of learning from the decisions we make. In order to gain the godly wisdom we need, there are seven things we can do. We acquire it by:
#1. Seeking wisdom. Because no one is born with wisdom, we have two options: seek it or face the consequences of living without it. The world offers many other things that cater to our desires: security, wealth, friends, health, popularity, prominence, prestige, power, and beauty. Pro. 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. (KJV) . . . NOTHING that you could desire, can compare with Godly wisdom! It is a gift God gives to those who diligently search for it like hidden treasure. Pro. 2:4-7 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. (KJV)
#2. Meditating on God’s Word. My friend, the Bible is God’s mind recorded for us on paper. It reveals His ways, His plans, and His purposes, and when we read and understand it, His thoughts become a part of us and they affect how we live. This is why we should begin every day with the Lord, asking Him to give us direction from His Word.
#3. Obeying Scriptural values. Simply having Biblical knowledge and understanding does NOT make us wise. God’s wisdom is set aside, only for those who pay attention to His instructions by willingly obeying and applying His truths to their lives. Pro. 8:33-36 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (KJV)
#4. Praying for wisdom. The Book of Proverbs does not specifically emphasize praying for wisdom, but James does! 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. 6 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. (KJV) . . . But let him ask in faith . . . simply praying for wisdom is NOT enough. We must ask in faith. We must obey the Lord, and watch the results! Our obedience always brings blessings, but undesirable results happen if we ignore God and go our own ways. We are told to ASK for wisdom in FAITH. The Bible also tells us we can ask to have our faith increased: Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. (KJV)
#5. Witnessing how God works in the world. The book of Proverbs tells us that wisdom comes from observing the results of various lifestyles. Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident. (KJV) . . . Are you a wise man? Or a fool? Even tiny ants know the importance of working hard for their provisions because laziness leads to poverty. Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. (KJV)
The Bible helps us understand God’s viewpoint and leads us to make wise choices that produce positive results.
#6. Heeding godly counsel. Everyone may need guidance at times, but NOT all advice is godly. Some people, even trained counselors, can actually lead people astray instead of helping them find God’s way. Whenever we look for someone for advice or direction, we should evaluate person’s lifestyle and determine the source of the advice. Is their counsel based on God’s Word or on psychology, a university education, or personal opinion?
#7. Associating with the wise. Never underestimate the influence of Godly friends. They can help us grow in wisdom and keep us from suffering harm. Pro.13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (KJV) . . . BEWARE!!! Be careful to examine your friends to decide if they build you up or lead you astray. What kind of a friend are you to others? Are you willing to tell them the Truth based on what the Scriptures say, or is your goal only to tell them what they want to hear? BEWARE!!! Tell them TRUTH!
Comment: Wisdom is a choice that begins with a decision to trust Christ as Saviour and increases as we follow the teachings of God’s Word. If we want to be wise, we must have a burning desire for the Lord to guide us, because there are SO many worldly ideas, people, and situations that tempt us to pay no attention to the Scriptural doctrines that lead to wisdom. The world tells us time is short and we should live for today’s pleasures. But, our knowing that time on earth is limited, should motivate us to correct our sinful behaviors and attitudes and start to live wisely, according to God’s standards.
Wear that Bible of yours out! READ IT! OBEY IT! That is Godly wisdom!
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