The Hebrew word that is translated as wisdom in today’s verse is ‘chokmah’, which also means displaying skill, or being “skillful”.
To have wisdom means to be skillful in living.
We don’t often think about developing skills for living our life. We develop skills for practicing medicine. We develop skills for certain procedures in medicine. We develop skills for running our practice or clinic. But have we developed skills for growing our relationship with God? Have we developed skills that allow us to live our life in the way God wants us to live?
The Bible tells us the source of these skills…wisdom… is God.
We can’t enroll in a class on wisdom at our local university.
In order to gain and apply God-given wisdom to all areas of our life, we need to bring those areas under His authority. Last week I used the word picture of our life being a house with many rooms.
Many of us have rooms with doors that shut out God.
Those rooms represent areas of our life in which we are not dependent on God. They are rooms in which we are living out of our own wisdom and not God’s wisdom.
As I write this, I’m sitting in the library of Trinity International University. I’m literally surrounded by theological books and journals containing vast amounts of theological knowledge.
But knowledge is different than wisdom.
Knowledge is factual…wisdom is knowledge applied…to skillful living.
Skillful living is living the way God has designed us to live.
We won’t find wisdom without God. Therefore those areas of our life that are closed off to God are areas in which wisdom will fail to appear.
Psalm 111:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
The word translated ‘fear’ in this context means reverence or piety. It refers to a full understanding of the rightful place of God in our lives. That rightful place is having authority of our entire life…not just part of it.
We begin the first step toward skillful living…toward wisdom…when in reverence of God we give Him full authority over our entire life.
Prayer: Lord, help me to live a skillful wise life by showing me where I have failed to give You the authority You deserve.