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. Proverbs 3:13
The word “wisdom” is often associated with the mysterious ability to discern right versus wrong based on three factors: experience, knowledge, and sound judgment. Although the criteria are accurate, a major conflict occurs with this theory. Who would establish the standard that would qualify individuals as possessing wisdom? Our life experience, level of knowledge, and judgment are as individualized as our fingerprints. Discernment would vary according to the level of education, social standing, and life experience. It is unfortunate that society is in a state of turmoil because the Word of God is no longer utilized as the standard for right and wrong.
As a Christian believer, it is my duty to seek knowledge, and wisdom from God. Last week, I was involved in a lengthy discussion regarding the difference between wisdom and knowledge. Because of the desire to consider further, I graciously declined to answer. Later that day, I prayed for understanding. As I searched the Scriptures, God directed me to several verses which interpret wisdom. The verse which gives the origin of wisdom: “For the Lord who gives wisdom; and only from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6 KJV), clarified that it is only God who can impart wisdom.
First Kings 3 renders us with Solomon’s prayer for God to grant him wisdom and-an understanding heart-to govern the people well- and discern the difference between right and wrong. God honored his request by designating him as the wisest man of Biblical times. From the time of King Solomon to present day, God emphasizes that if we desire wisdom, all we must do is ask. Our social status, educational level, or life experience are not factors in hearing our prayer or granting our request.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz
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