“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who practice it have a good understanding.” Psalm 111:10
I want to practice the fear of the Lord. I want even the beginnings of wisdom.
What is wisdom anyway? We don’t have a good definition, or at least we’re not always on the same page with wisdom. For many years I believed wisdom was someone who knew more than me and when asked, they could get me out of a bind.
We’re told in James 1:5 to ask the Lord for wisdom. It is something everyone should seek and desire and dare I say, acquire in this life. So what is wisdom?
Wisdom is “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action” according to Dictionary.com. Sometimes an equation of sorts helps me out. So working up to it…
Data = just the facts
Information = data in context
Knowledge = information + experience
Wisdom = Developed and shared knowledge or ability to think and act using that knowledge
Data is merely the facts with no context. For example, the number 8 is data.
Information is the data in context. For example, my son is eight.
Knowledge is information plus experience. For example, my son is eight and eight year olds love to play video games.
Wisdom is knowledge that is fully developed and then shared. For example, my son is eight, young boys of his age love video games and as parents we have found keeping that in balance is critical. We do that by only allowing him to play an hour a week. This has greatly helped him in managing fantasy and reality.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV
Solomon continues in verse six and beyond to describe the Lord as the one who gives wisdom. He paints a beautiful picture of true Godly wisdom. Here is the equation, this time from Solomon.
Receive God’s words + treasure God’s commandments + be attentive to wisdom + incline your heart to understanding + ask for insight and understanding + seek it like hidden treasure = understand fear of God and find knowledge.
Begin by simply asking God for wisdom and then go from there.