The dictionary defines ‘wisdom’ as the ability to judge or discern what is true, right or lasting. Wisdom is also defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment, the quality of being wise. It is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge and good judgment.
Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. It has been defined in many ways.
In the Bible, wisdom is not primarily an intellectual matter. It is basically a moral matter. The ‘wise’ person is not on who know the most about science and about literature, but the person who knows how to order his life in obedience to God’s will. Moses told the people of Israel the following when they were about to enter the Promised Land -in regards to God’s commandments he had taught them-he said, “Therefore be careful to observe them for this is your wisdom and your understanding” (Deuteronomy 4:6)
Wisdom isn’t simply intelligence or knowledge or even understanding. It is the ability to use these to think and act in such a way that common sense prevails and choices are beneficial and productive. You don’t get wisdom out of a text book. You don’t get knowledge to make you wise. Experience might be one of the most valuable tools in acquiring wisdom. That is to say, what we learn from experience gives us the wisdom whether to try a particular thing or make a certain choice or not.
Wisdom begins and ends with the fear of God. Where there is no fear of the Lord, there can never be any true wisdom. It is just not possible.
Wisdom is the ability to follow a sound course of action based on knowledge and long experience. Wisdom is used in the Proverbs, begins with reverence and awe for God, and leads to living life in accordance with God’s plan.
Wisdom is better than strength. Without wisdom strength simply leads you into trouble. Knowledge can be acquired in a school, but not wisdom. Wisdom gives you the ability to know what to do and how to do it. It is a gift from God.
Wisdom is the most valuable thing worth pursuing on the face of the earth. In reality God is wisdom as well as a source of wisdom so by seeking wisdom, you are actually seeking God. Proverbs 3:14 says: “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.” I don’t think anyone reading this would turn down a bag full of silver or gold. But if I had a bag full of silver and a bag full of wisdom, which would you choose? Get wisdom. Wisdom not only enriches, it protects, “Do not forsake wisdom and she will keep you, love her, and she will guard you” (Proverbs 4:6).
Wisdom will bring marvelous realities into your life. If you don’t get wisdom, then your life will be dull, drab, and dreary. If you get wisdom, your life will be full of the opposite. As Omoluabi, we desire our members and readers to have God’s wisdom and discretion in their hearts.