This week I found myself immersed in sermons and devotions that talked about the importance of Godly wisdom. I began to search the scriptures to gain a better understanding of what it truly means to have Godly wisdom.
I listened to a sermon by my former pastor, where he spoke of the relationship between knowledge, wisdom and understanding. He stated that knowledge is the gaining of information, while wisdom is the application of that information. Understanding is the incites or principles that one gains as a result of the knowledge and wisdom.
The Bible has countless examples of wisdom. Proverbs 1:20-33 states,
Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22 “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. 23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
In this passage of scripture, we see that wisdom is being likened to a person who is crying from the streets to allow her to enter their hearts. She promises that those who heed her will dwell safely and be secure from fear of evil.
Proverbs 19:20 also says, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.”
God promises in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
God wants nothing more than for us to walk in wisdom and understanding of Him and His word. Ask Him for wisdom in ALL things and you will reap the benefits!
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.