I have learned many things from the many mistakes that I have made.
And so, with those experiences, I have slowly, and yes, at times… “painfully” learned, “The woman/ man who finds wisdom…gains understanding,” (Proverbs 3:13).
Meanings of Understanding: Appreciation, comprehension, grasp, grip, hold, perception, absorption, assimilation, digestion, awareness, consciousness, enlightenment, realization.
Wisdom will take you so much further in life than knowledge can because there is grave danger in having knowledge without wisdom.
If we don’t have wisdom that goes with knowledge, we are only a walking encyclopedia or an Internet file of data or brainy statistics.
A book or “brain” of knowledge is useless without the wisdom to know HOW to apply that knowledge.
When a person has a lot of knowledge they sometimes have a lot of arrogance and pride. They just “KNOW” soooo much more!!! Oh man! How hard it is to be around a know-it-all!
Knowledge makes a person believe that they are elevated or superior above those around them.
Paul wrote that, “All of us possess knowledge. This knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1) and even if I, “understand all mysteries and all knowledge [and] have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Without a doubt, wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing!
Information without transformation leads only to frustration.
We are constantly bombarded by viewpoints, images, concepts, subliminal messages and ideas that contradict the wise directives of the Bible.
It’s easy to find our hearts straying from God toward ideas and belief systems that sound impressive, self help focused and appealing!
Believers have to stay, “awake and aware ”remaining diligent and strong about seeking God, keeping His wisdom in the forefront of our minds.
We may have to stand against the wisdom of the world, the intellectual and earthy advice of our well-meaning family and friends, and battle our own “self-seeking-knowledge wanting desires” in order to be radically and willingly led by God.
God’s wisdom gives us “un-foggy” focus and skilled, guided direction when we have to choose between what looks good, what feels good, and what IS good.
Does the wisdom that you share and live by reflect more of God or more of this world?
Let’s talk to the Heavenly Father about this:
Father, I respect You above all else and desire for You to teach me Your ways, which is wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).
I know that Your wisdom is always pure, peace loving, considerate, full of mercy, and impartial.
I ask Holy Spirit to teach my mind to always think in those ways because I know that is how wise people think (James 3:17).
I also ask that You would bring wise people into my life and help me listen to them and accept their correction as I absorb their wisdom (Proverbs 19:20).
In the end LORD, I know that wisdom is just thinking like You think and I want to be just like You.
This is the desire of my heart.
In the mighty name of Jesus, I thank You LORD that you have already given me wisdom.
I have it now, Amen.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.