As I was thinking about the value of God’s Word, the Scripture, my mind took me back to Psalm 19 where David says, “the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (19:7). There is nothing wrong with education, but we must remember that knowledge and wisdom from God are two very different ideas. Gaining knowledge can be done in many places and many ways, but acquiring wisdom can only come from an intimate and personal relationship with God.
In Job’s struggle to find wisdom in his circumstances it drove him to ask where wisdom came from; “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? And He [God] said to man, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding” (Job 28:20, 28). That second phrase is repeated in Proverbs 1:7.
To David’s point, even the simple can gain wisdom if they love and cherish the Word of God. In the next few days, I am going to explore the qualities of wisdom and why it is so important that we develop a close relationship with God so we gain wisdom. Solomon said to his son, “Get wisdom; get insight…the beginning of wisdom is this; Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight” (Proverbs 4:5, 7). Life can only be lived for the Lord if we get wisdom from Him every day.
Wisdom is taking knowledge and applying truth that comes from God to the knowledge in the circumstances and habits of my life.
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