Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. Ecclesiastes 7:11,12 NIV
If any lacks wisdom, let them ask of God who gives it liberally and will not find fault with those who ask. (James 1:5 paraphrased). If God will give us wisdom when we ask for it, why don’t we ask Him, instead of trying to impress others with wisdom, we don’t have.
Wisdom thinks before acting.
Wisdom is calm and rational.
Wisdom seeks increase in understanding.
Wisdom pays no attention to rumors and will not encourage negative responses to anything.
Wisdom contemplates every matter before making a decision.
Wisdom rises above the fray of adversity in the hands of the foolish.
Wisdom obeys authority and as a result is an authority of all who seek her.
Wisdom speaks truth at all times, even when truth hurts.
Wisdom admires wisdom in others who know God, stays far from the foolish who think they know more than God.
Wisdom resolves problems and does not cause them.
If wisdom is an inheritance, then we must resolve to gain more wisdom and the only true wisdom comes from God. For if we leave an inheritance of wisdom in our children, they will the capability of making wise decisions, after gathering all the information they need in order to make the decision. If we leave wisdom as an inheritance for our children, they will be empowered to keep wisdom flowing from generation to generation.
But if we have not wisdom to exercise in all things, what are leaving as an inheritance for those we leave behind? Money, by itself is not the answer for we know fools and their money are soon parted–they spend it as fast as they get it. Money can be taken or lost and the Word tells us that “the love” of money–the desire to obtain it by any means–is the root of all evil.
But wisdom–once obtained–belongs to the one who has obtained it and it can never be taken or lost. For true wisdom is the ability to seek knowledge and understanding of what the knowledge is.
I am a consummate researcher. Anything I desire to know, I research and then I research more to gain a better understanding of what it is I have researched. This is a constant cycle for we–none of us–will ever know all there is to know. We just keep learning (as wisdom dictates) and I look forward to learning something new–every day.
If we scorn wisdom and getting understanding of knowledge, we defeat ourselves and the enemy wins. “Wisdom is the principle thing and with all of our getting, we must get understanding.”
If we are willing to hear and obey, wisdom will continue to speak to our hearts.
Indeed, I believe the wisdom James is speaking of, is the power of the Holy Spirit living with-in the Christian… It does require submitting to God, as James tells us in James 4:7-8… Until we are able to stop and listen to the Lord…and then obey what He asks us to do through the urging of the Holy Spirit…we will never be able to grow in the spiritual wisdom needed to live for the Lord…
Blessings in Christ, bruce
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I agree! Without Holy Spirit–we can claim no wisdom!
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