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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wisdom

Wisdom is something that most, if not all of us desire. In fact, Scripture tells us that only fools despise wisdom (Proverbs 1:6). But what exactly is wisdom? Wisdom is not knowledge. A person can have great knowledge, but still lack wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to take our knowledge, combine it with life experience, understanding, and common sense, and use it when we think and when we act. Scripture also tells us that wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10), which is an attitude of reverence toward God.

Where is wisdom found? True wisdom comes from God, not from the world. It is only through Him that we are given wisdom. God gives us wisdom and understanding (Job 38:36). When we fear God, when we live our lives to please Him, God gives us wisdom, knowledge, and joy (Ecclesiastes 2:26). The wisdom that He gives is pure. It is a wisdom that is peace-loving, always kind, and always willing to yield to others (James 3:17).

So, how do we attain wisdom? We need to seek God in prayer. James 1:5 tells us that, if we are lacking wisdom, we should ask God for it. God gives it generously to those who ask. But when we ask for wisdom from God, we must do so in faith, without doubt. When we doubt, we will not receive the wisdom we seek (James 1:6-7). Proverbs 2:3-6 says that if we call out to God seeking insight and understanding, if we seek these things as we would seek a valuable treasure, then we will understand the fear of the Lord and then we will find the knowledge of our God. To those who call out to Him, God gives wisdom.

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