The Wisest Thing You Can Do

“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!”  

— Proverbs 4:7

Solomon makes a good point.

Knowledge is pretty easy to come by, especially in our day and age. Don’t know something? Google it. Confused on a subject? Look it up on Bing. Questions? Ask Yahoo. The whole point of search engines is to inform you about stuff you don’t know, making you more knowledgeable.

Sure, search engines, internet, and Siri can make you smarter, but there’s something a man-made program cannot make you, and that’s wise. But what is the difference between knowledge and wisdom anyway? Is there one? I’m glad you asked, because here’s an example coming your way:

Knowledge

Little Freddy was playing ultimate croquet outside, when he heard a sudden roar of thunder. He looked up to the sky, and saw that above his head hung dark clouds. He had the knowledge that this meant a storm was coming, but shrugging off the weather, Little Freddy continued his game. Once the storm came, the rain made Little Freddy shiver from being cold and wet, he became covered in mud from head to toe, and the thunder and lightning sent him running scared.

Wisdom

Old Man Rutherford was out in his yard building a birdhouse when he heard a sudden roar of thunder. He looked up to the sky, and above his head he saw the same dark clouds Little Freddy saw. Old Man Rutherford had the knowledge that this meant a storm was coming, so using wisdom, he picked up his cat and headed inside.

Get the idea? Knowledge is knowing stuff, but wisdom is putting that knowledge into practice accordingly. But then where do we get wisdom?

The wisdom given to us from the world comes from man, and therefore can only be as wise as man…so, not that great. First Corinthians 3:19 even goes as far as to say that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.” This verse is saying that man’s wisdom is pretty much trash, but it’s also saying that the magnitude of God’s wisdom is something we can’t even begin to fathom.

Daniel 2:20 says,

“Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power,” and Romans 11:33 says,“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!”

God doesn’t just have wisdom; wisdom belongs to Him. He is the ultimate source of it. Wisdom is His and He has all of it! Awesome, right?

But pay attention to the last bit of the verse, the part that says: “How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!” Sometimes, when life isn’t going our way, we question why God would let something bad happen to us or someone else. It’s important to remember that God’s wisdom beyond human understanding, and because of that, we’re not always going to understand why God does what He does. But that’s not our job. Our job is to have faith in Him, and remember that He is our loving Heavenly Father, using wisdom to do what is best, even what it doesn’t seem like it to us humans.

So how do we get God’s wisdom? The same way we get most things: ask for it. James 1:5 says it clearly. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Just look at King Solomon. He asked God for wisdom, and according to 1 Kings 4:30, “his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.” God didn’t give Solomon wisdom because he had earned or deserved it, but because he asked for it. It’s as simple as that. God will give you wisdom if you ask for it, so really you just have to remember to!

Pray for wisdom in day-to-day life. Every day we’re given some sort of challenge, whether that’s taking a test, giving a speech, or even getting through challenges that pop up without you planning on them. I encourage you to pray for wisdom when you’re faced with any kind of challenge, from how to respond to a bully, to where you want to stop for food. Pray for wisdom before going to class, when you first wake up, and even before bed for the next day. Pray for wisdom before you open your mouth!

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

— Matthew 7:7

Solomon’s Nugget: “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” Proverbs 3:13-18

— S. Naomi King

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