If there’s one thing this world lacks it’s wisdom. Don’t get confused. We have knowledge… possibly too much. Our overabundance of knowledge has led to wars and catastrophe. If we didn’t have knowledge we wouldn’t have underwater pipes that explode and pour oil out all over our once beautiful oceans and beaches. If we had more wisdom we would have avoided the issue all together.
Knowledge is defined as the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association.
Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
They are similar yet so very different… Knowledge comes from experience. Wisdom is only given by God. It is the ability to make a decision without really knowing what the outcome will be. Wise people make good decisions. They are able to discern good from bad, right from wrong, and what to say and what not to say.
When King Solomon was given the opportunity to petition God for anything in the world, knowing full-well that He would receive it, he could have chosen anything! What would you choose? I believe most people would choose money. I’m not saying that judgmentally… I’m not even saying that it’s a bad choice. Life isn’t always made up of good or bad choices. I think God would have been perfectly okay with Solomon choosing great wealth. He didn’t ask the king a loaded question… it was simple. Solomon what do you desire? Again, anything!!! Horses, Homes, Money, Women (?) Power, Land, Castles, kingdoms. Heck, he could have asked to rule the entire world.
He asked for wisdom. Brilliant decision. Do you know what wisdom led Solomon to? Horses, Homes, Money, Women, Power, Land, Castles, Kingdoms.
Godly wisdom will lead us into right relationships, new jobs, better paying positions, the right guy or girl if you are single, a better marriage if you are married. It will cause you to be better parents, better leaders – all around better. He was smart. By asking for wisdom he ended up being the richest man ever to live. I’m talking more money than Bill Gates and Steve Jobs combined. He had palaces worth more than the world’s richest men’s bank accounts.
James says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5, 6)
So why didn’t God just give us wisdom to begin with? The process of asking God for wisdom is relational. He loves the relationship that it brings you into with Him. It kills your pride and forces you to give up to Him. If He gave you wisdom from the start, then you could then assume it was your own power and will that made you so “smart”. But if we are brought to a point of asking for it, we could only give credit to Him. Don’t forget, God is jealous… He desires you all to Himself.
When you petition God, don’t forget to always put wisdom at the top of your list.