Wisdom

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:5-8

In this passage, and many others, we are told to “get wisdom.”  We are also told that wisdom is the principal thing.  Wisdom is the most important thing and we are commanded many times to get it and get as much of it as we can.  Wisdom is here personified and we are told to “forsake her not,” to “love her,” to “exalt her,” and to “embrace her.”  With the great importance attached to wisdom, we had better make sure we know what we are looking for.

The dictionary definitions of wisdom are “an accumulated philosophic or scientific learning,” “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships,” and “good sense.”  Those are all reasonable definitions, but I heard a definition at church the other day that I think is a superior definition, especially for the Christian.  Wisdom is simple thinking like God thinks.  That simple definition really does encompass everything for the Christian.

If we need to know what to do with our time, the answer is to think the way God thinks.  Read the Bible, find out what He has to say about using time, and do it.  That is wisdom.  If we need to know what to do with our money, the answer is to think the way God thinks.  Read the Bible, find out what He has to say about using money, and do it.

Whatever our question or problem, thinking the way God thinks about it will help us to answer or solve it.  That is a great definition of wisdom!

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