For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. – Proverbs 2:6-8
Take a few minutes and read through Proverbs 2.
To quote my best friend,
There is a great deal of difference between knowledge and wisdom. Today, we have access to a world of information and can access it literally with just the slide of our thumb. But even access to all that knowledge and information, something is still missing— wisdom. Plenty of people boast about their knowledge and education, but from what I have seen they usually end up make disasters of their lives. All because they lack spiritual discernment and understanding.
For me, Proverbs 2 addresses the question:
“What is the value of godly wisdom and how do we acquire it?”
The bible talks about worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 3) and how that is based on human knowledge and understanding. Godly wisdom is seeing things through God’s perspective and responding according to the principles He gives us in scripture. On the latter half of the question of acquiring wisdom, that only happens when we prioritize God’s word in our life and value our relationship with Him.
3 Ways We Can Acquire Godly Wisdom:
1. Diligently seek after godly wisdom – Wisdom comes as a gift from God to those who seek after it.
2. Meditating on God’s word – God will reveal His ways, plans and purposes to us when we prioritize spending time with Him every day, asking Him to give us direction from His Word.
3. Obeying Scripture – People don’t need more information. They need help applying the information they already have. We can know the words of scripture in and out, but if we don’t obey and apply them to our lives, it stays as information. Information without application is useless.
“…then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil,” – Proverbs 2:9-12