When I think about God giving wisdom to his children, the prime example that comes to mind is Solomon. King Solomon prayed for wisdom at the beginning of his reign. “At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon answers and says, “Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.” “The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s reply and was glad that he asked for wisdom. I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever lived. God even went further than that and provided Solomon with riches and honor.” (1Kings 3:5,9-13)
Solomon wrote about wisdom in Ecclesiastes. He uses the word wisdom about 25 times in the book. One of his quotes was, “Wisdom is of more value than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. For the wise person sees while the fool is blind.” So wisdom enlightens our eyes and enables us to see clearly, while foolishness blinds us.
Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom too. Here are some quotes. “If you live a life guided by wisdom, then you won’t limp or stumble as you run.” (4:12) “For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with her.” (8:11) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.” (9:10) A person’s words can be a life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a babbling brook.” (18:4)
The book of James gives us a list of characteristics of wisdom. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first pure, peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It show no partiality and is always sincere.” (James 3:17) This is what wisdom looks like in our life to others. Wisdom is not just about acquiring more knowledge, but it’s about using our knowledge with these qualities. I’d like to challenge us to think on this passage in James and ask yourself, “Are these traits of wisdom found in my life?” Purity, peace loving, gentleness, good deeds, mercy, sincere, humble and impartial. If not, take time to ask the Lord to fill you more with these wisdom qualities.
How are you pursuing wisdom today? How is wisdom shining forth in your life as a beacon of hope? Think on these things and choose to apply your heart to wisdom.