Wisdom, according to the dictionary is the ability to use your experience and knowledge in order to make sensible decisions or judgments.
We just ended our maiden leadership summit, i-ADVANCE. For four days, attendees received a plethora of information covering a variety of issues. We learned about being an effective and relevant leader in our current world; the power of the wise mind; handling millennials either in your home, church or place of business; reaching beyond cultural lines; managing small businesses; street ministry; and leading with love. There is no doubt we all ended the weekend more knowledgeable than we were going in.
After receiving a great deal of knowledge, we need wisdom to process and apply the knowledge to change our lives and advance. The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom. Written by the wealthiest man to ever live on the face of the earth, we will be wise to pay attention to what he says about the subject. Proverbs mentions wisdom over fifty times. One of my personal favorites is Proverbs 4:7 which says "...Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."
Principal means main, chief, the first, foremost, leading, etc, meaning the first thing we all need is wisdom. Wisdom to manage all the knowledge we receive; to manage our lives; our children; our finances; our employees; other important relationships. One of the greatest qualities we can possess is wisdom. Proverbs 8:11 says "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! Proverbs 16:16
How then do we obtain wisdom? King Solomon answers that question this way; "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." Proverbs 9:10a. Wisdom that comes from God is different from earthly wisdom. "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3:17. To receive such wisdom, we simply have to ask and desire it whole-hardheartedly. "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.
We cannot succeed in this life without wisdom. No one delights in the company of an unwise person; neither will anyone invest time or money in an unwise person. Many relationships, positions, jobs, other opportunities have been lost because of a lack of wisdom. May the God who is wiser than the wisest grant us wisdom to succeed in this life. Blessings.
Lady Monica ❤