With great understanding, Wisdom is calling out as she stands at the crossroads and on every hill. She stands by the city gate where everyone enters the city, and she shouts: “I am calling out
to each one of you! Good sense and sound judgment can be yours.
Listen, because what I say is worthwhile and right. I always speak the truth and refuse to tell a lie. Every word I speak is honest, not one is misleading or deceptive.”
“If you have understanding, you will see that my words are just what you need. Let instruction and knowledge mean more to you than silver or the finest gold. Wisdom is worth much more than precious jewels or anything else you desire.”
Sometimes we confuse intelligence with wisdom. You can have lots of knowledge and perhaps know more than anyone on earth and still be foolish. It is not how much you know that makes you wise. It is rather whether or not you can discern truth from falsehood. A wise man may not have much knowledge and a foolish man may know more than many others.
When a foolish man pursues knowledge he makes himself no wiser! My grandmother would tell me that some people with degrees in higher education are simply “educated fools!”
There is some wisdom that can be had by simply living in this world. A child who burns his hand in the fire becomes wise enough not to do that again. When you suffer the consequences of bad behavior you can become wise and not repeat the action that caused you pain.
The greatest wisdom comes directly from God Himself. And the way to get such wisdom is to ask God for it! Often when you ask God for wisdom, He will give you more wisdom than you requested! In truth, Knowledge and Education give you questions and God gives you the Wisdom you need to deal with your information and education!
It is a good thing to pursue knowledge, if you add the wisdom that comes from God to it! Then you will be a man or woman ready to do the Will of God in every situation!
“Lord Jesus, give me the wisdom to handle the things that I know in the world today! Show me what it means to be wise in a foolish world! And may You, Jesus be praised forever. Amen.”