Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The word wisdom is written 222 times in the Bible. In this blog post, I want to show you what does the Bible say about wisdom. I am going to explain to you what is the wisdom from Christian’s point of view and what is the difference between wisdom and knowledge. Next, you will see a few quotes from Bible relating to wisdom which can learn from. There are also a few tips for you if you think you need more wisdom.
The Bible makes it clear to us that wisdom is the principal thing for every individual to possess. He emphasized further by telling us to get understanding alongside the wisdom. In other words, wisdom and understanding are two attributes a child of God must yearn to have.
What is Wisdom?
The book of Proverbs happens to be the best place in the Bible to learn all about biblical wisdom. In Biblical times, wisdom is the ability:
- to judge correctly and
- to follow the best course of action based on understanding and knowledge.
Wisdom vs. knowledge
We must understand that wisdom is different from knowledge. A person can have knowledge without having wisdom. There are so many knowledgeable individuals who lack wisdom. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear some individuals who are academically brilliant speak things that the hearer would wonder if the person was actually as intelligent as he perceived him or her to be. In other words, there are so many brilliant fools in the society.
And yes, an individual cannot have wisdom without having the knowledge, This is because, for a person to arrive at the best way to achieving a set goal, such a person must have the ability to process, integrate and fuse together all the different factors from several sources experiences and knowledge are derived from.
Prophet Daniel, in Daniel 2: 21: 22 described Gods wisdom as that which changes in times and seasons. His word said he has the authority to demote kings and establish kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and he also gives knowledge to those who have understanding, He reveals the deep and hidden things: He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him.
When things happen to people here on earth, they ask themselves what could be the cause of the things happening. Sometimes, we query God and ask why he shut his eyes to things happening around. Then, when good things happen to us, we are quick to acknowledge God as having a part in what happened.
The wisdom of God
As humans, we must understand that there is nothing that takes God by surprise. Nothing is a mystery to God; God is never confused, neither does he get puzzled about anything.
The wisdom of God is very deep and his judgments are unsearchable.
What does the Bible say about wisdom? – selected quotes
The Bible has many verses relating to wisdom which all Christians can learn from. For the sake of this article, few verses will be quoted.
1. Ephesians 5:15-17 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
2. James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.
3. Proverbs 3:13-18 – Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
4. Proverbs 12:15 – The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advise.
5. Luke 21:15 – For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
Benefits of God’s wisdom
1. Wisdom grows in us by receiving the word of God.
Psalm 19 says that; the instruction of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.” The Bible shows us the mind of God. The more a Christian get in the word of God, the more the mark of wisdom in such a person’s life.
2. The fear of the Lord results in more wisdom
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9: 10.
By having the fear of the Lord, we recognize him as the creator of the universe. We acknowledge him as our master. We respond to his call by submitting ourselves totally to him. We put him in charge of all plans of our life. Trusting in God to take charge of all that pertains to us is wisdom.
3. Wisdom is asking for what you know you don’t have.
The word of God tells us to ask and it shall be given to us. There is no difficulty in asking. Solutions are proffered easily when we are quick to ask that which we lack.
James 1:5-6 says, Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”
God has taken it upon himself to take care of all our responsibilities. He is committed to making us happy and to get this everlasting happiness, we need to be conversant with what Gods’ wisdom entails, and more importantly, ask for it when we know it is lacking in us.
We all need wisdom in life so go for it.
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