These past couple of weeks, I’ve been examining what Scripture says about wisdom and how to attain it.
Today I want to summarize what we’ve uncovered.
Wisdom is often mischaracterized by the world as knowledge, competence, or success. For instance, it is possible for us in the healthcare profession to confuse competence with wisdom.
While wisdom may result in these things, it encompasses far more.
Competence is technique…wisdom is technique with character.
In the Old Testament, the word most commonly used for wisdom means skillful living.
For the writers of the Old Testament, to be wise meant to be skillful at living life.
Wisdom is not learned in a classroom.
Wisdom is imparted by God.
It is imparted to those who realize their need for wisdom…it is imparted to the humble. Wisdom is imparted to those who cry out for it…to those who actively seek it. Wisdom doesn’t grow within us as we passively go through our lives.
Wisdom must be sought.
There is a wisdom that arises from the world. But James tells us that it is self-seeking and ultimately demonic. It leads to self-centeredness and doesn’t impart true peace and joy.
We learn in James 3:17 that wisdom from God is pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Wisdom is more an attitude than an achievement.
Wisdom is an attitude that reflects and displays God’s character.
That attitude and godly character then helps us to live a skillful life.
To grow in wisdom, we must humbly recognize our need for wisdom. As we recognize our need for wisdom, we need to engage our heart as well as our mind to grow in wisdom because wisdom is not solely intellectual.
Proverbs 2:2 tells us to apply our hearts to understanding.
Applying our hearts to understanding is what Theophan the Recluse meant when he said we should descend with our minds into our hearts. We engage our emotions and will, in addition to our intellect.
Finally, we willingly place all of our lives under His authority, allowing the light of His spirit to penetrate into every corner and hidden place.
And as we do those things…He will grant us wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to grow in Your wisdom.