We live in a world where there is so much knowledge. All we need to do is go to Google and type in what we want to learn and there at our finger tips is millions of pages of information. But knowledge alone really does not accomplish much. One of the things I joke about alot is how much “useless trivia” I have floating in my head. Let’s put it this way, I could give you a run for your money in trivial pursuit.
But I think that idea of “useless trivia” says it all. It’s useless – it really has no purpose other than taking up valuable space in my brain. But when you take knowledge and pair it with your experiences and understanding… now we have something worth sharing. This something is referred to as wisdom – its defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. (Oxford Dictionary via Google)”
Proverbs helps us understand wisdom a bit more…
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10 NIV
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:1-6 NIV
What I learn from these verses about wisdom…
- Wisdom begins and ends with the Lord – It starts with a deep reverence and respect for the Lord and Proverbs 2:6 reveals that the Lord distributes wisdom and true knowledge and understanding comes from His mouth.
- Wisdom does not just happen – Verse 1 and 2 reveals the first actions we need to take. “Accept my words…store up my commands” – “turning your ear to wisdom” and “applying your heart to understanding” Wisdom is not a free ride and is not acquired easily. We need to study, understand, and experience God’s word on a regular basis to build a foundation that wisdom can be built from.
- Prayer plays a role in the acquisition of wisdom and understanding – We need to call out to God to teach us. We need to cry aloud to the Holy Spirit for understanding the knowledge we are receiving. We need to actively and passionately search for that knowledge, insight and understanding that leads to wisdom.