The world is an imperfect place in which personal turbulence impacts all of us. I have found that it takes personal courage and effort to get to the root of the how, where, what, who, and especially the why of life. Challenging our own ideas when it comes to deeper issues can help direct our compass as we find our way. The wisdom principle can guide us through personal challenges – both near and epic in scope.
√ What makes a person wise?
√ How is wisdom implemented in a person’s life?
√ How do we pass wisdom on to those we love?
√ What are differences between world-wisdom and God-wisdom?
√ Would you consider yourself an individual who is familiar with and guided by wisdom?
Some context for wisdom
In the American culture we discard the gray-haired as having little to offer compared to those with the energy, drive, and optimism of youth. But where does wisdom fit? How can we know what we don’t know? When tested by life, our assumptions are tempered. We can acually learn to put knowledge into practice. Wisdom is a gift many will not find because it is not perceived as real treasure. God values the wisdom of hearts compelled to search and learn – and to humble ourselves before Him.
Our great God says that “wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” To discover deep value through richly living life is liberating and shaping to the soul. Suffering and joy are allies in our search for meaning. If we couple these with wisdom we are led back to our Creator. Our joys and sufferings are key ingredients to being set free through the gentleness of wisdom.
The ultimate hope of the soul is to stand before our Creator-King and hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in many things. I will place you over ten cities. Enter into the joy of your Master.” When we find wisdom we find meaning, and when we find meaning we find Kingdom reward.
How do we distinguish between worldly wisdom and God wisdom?
Jesus’ brother James gives us some help:
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” – James 3:13-18
The wisdom principle, when combined with the suffering and joy principles, can be a three-fold cord to strengthen our resolve to be victorious in a challenging world!
Could wisdom be the ability to put knowledge into practice!?
Dave and Burnadette