We read in the book of Proverbs that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10) and that “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom” (Proverbs 15:33). Earlier on it states that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7). Further, we read that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”. (Proverbs 4:7)
Therefore the true nature of wisdom and its ascendance over worldly knowledge is established.
The Apostle Paul uses the phrase “wisdom of this world” three times in his letters to the saints at Corinth, (1 Corinthians 1:20, 2:6, 3:19) and even “fleshly wisdom” (2 Corinthians 1:12). This is contrasted with “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:21) and also “hidden wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:7).
Much of the world is confused with the difference between what constitutes knowledge and wisdom, as they fail to understand and thus misuse the true purpose of knowledge, and apply it for their own selfish ends. “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom” (Proverbs 23:4). The greatest knowledge of all is to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, for the testimony of Him as the Savior of the world “is the spirit of prophecy”. (Revelation 19:10)
The Old Testament prophet Samuel says that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Wisdom is not just the strength of one’s mind or intellect, or the ability to achieve or solve problems, it is a matter of the heart, and a willingness to follow God’s will in every aspect of one’s life.… Continue Reading