In Proverbs 3, Solomon tells us several things about the person who gains wisdom:
- He is “blessed” (v. 13).
- He has found something “better than gain from silver” and “better than gold” and “more precious than jewels.” He says, “Nothing you desire can compare with her” (vv. 14-15).
- He has “long life” and “riches and honor” (v. 16).
- He has “pleasantness” and “peace” (v. 17).
- Solomon points out that it is by wisdom that the Lord founded the earth (vv. 19-20).
- The person who has wisdom will find life and grace (vv. 21-22).
Obviously, then, wisdom is something to be desired. There are many ways of looking at this precious commodity…
One has said, “You can only become wise by noticing what happens to you when you aren’t.” Charles Swindoll defines wisdom as “the God-given ability to see life with rare objectivity and to handle life with rare stability.”
The biblical concept of wisdom is quite different from the classical view of wisdom, which sought through philosophy and man’s rational thought to determine the mysteries of existence and the universe. The first principle of biblical wisdom is that man should humble himself before God in reverence and worship and be obedient to his commands. So Proverbs 9:10 reads, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Biblical wisdom can be found in many places. Of course, you can look in God’s Word: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7). Wisdom is also found in the truths we learn from life. Remember, wisdom is often equated with experience. The aged are wiser than the young because they have learned these lessons.
When these two sources are combined—God’s Word and experience—one can become exceedingly wise. So here are two practical applications:
- Don’t neglect Bible study. The Bible is God’s Word, the breath of the one who created the heavens and earth. The greatest secrets of life are bound up in its pages.
- Keep company with older, wiser people who have walked with the Lord for a long time. Through their long lives they have obtained a wisdom that you can’t get from books or from your own, limited experiences.
Seek wisdom and you will be blessed.