Before walking in wisdom, understanding wisdom comes first.
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise.
Wisdom is not the same thing as knowledge.
As a matter of fact, you can very easily be acquainted with facts, truths or principles, but if you don’t apply this information to your life, you are actually the opposite of wise.
Wisdom is not just about knowing what’s good for you, but applying that knowledge into your everyday life.
When you do that, this is when you know that you are truly wise.
Wisdom is a capacity of the mind that allows us to understand life from God’s perspective.
(1.Proverbs 4:5 He says those who get wisdom love life, 2. Prov19:8; that it’s better to get wisdom than gold, 3. Prov 16:16; and that those who get wisdom find life and receive favor from the Lord).
Characteristics of the personality of wisdom
- He doesn’t mislead.
- Is far more valuable than gold or rubies.
- Wisdom dwells among the prudent, those who hate evil and perverse speech.
Why do I need wisdom? (Proverbs 3)
I need wisdom so that I can
- Be blessed
- Have long life
- Have peace of mind
- Live a life of impact
- Have direction
How do I get wisdom?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
1. Fear God– Solomon says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). The fear we are referring to is the type of respect and love a child has for a parent, fear of offending the one they most adore and trust.
2. Desire Wisdom– The second step to getting wisdom is to desire it with all our heart.
As Solomon says, we must “look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2:4).
3. Pray for Wisdom– As James tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
4. Study God’s Word– The fourth step in getting wisdom is studying and meditating on God’s Word (Psalm 19:7).
We shouldn’t rely merely on our own understanding.
So in conclusion, don’t stop at the level of knowledge(just knowing), move on to the level of understanding(having full comprehension of what you know) and get to the level of applying wisely.
Knowledge is good, understanding is better and Wisdom is Principal.