Wisdom is something that everyone wants to have. However, many people’s perception of wisdom is incorrect.
Growing up, I was far from a 4.0 student. I really didn’t enjoy school that much and I truly didn’t seem as good at it as others. We all know those people, the people that are so intelligent. Maybe you are one of them! There are some people that are so wired and created for education and gaining knowledge that they seem to even learn in their sleep! For those that aren’t wired this way, it is easy to feel jealous and feels as if we don’t measure up. When I first arrived at college, I realized that this place was a small city catered specifically to those that are intelligent. As you enter the city limits, everything is there for the sole purpose of gaining knowledge. The most intelligent students would boast and have a sense of pride for their knowledge and those that were not as intelligent would sit and wish they could be like the “others”. Intelligence is something that is so desired that there is even an official term, Sapiosexual, which is someone who finds their sole attraction to others being their intelligence.
After being in college for a while, I started to see that even the most intelligent people seemed to be not wise. They would make poor decisions and mistakes. Some of the most intelligent scholars didn’t have any social skills and as soon as you took them out of the classroom, they couldn’t hold a conversation or even do well in a job interview. I quickly realized that intelligence is not the same as wisdom and it is wisdom that everyone truly desires.
Wisdom is the quality of having experience and good judgment. You can know everything there is to know in books and classrooms but that does not mean you have the wisdom to have good judgment or experience in what you know. For Christians, we have the opportunity to be the wisest people in the world. That is because we can tap into the wisdom of God himself. God, being all-knowing and all-powerful, is a pretty good person to gain our knowledge from; don’t you think?
Ephesians 1:17-18 says that the Lord gives us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation for the purpose of knowing Him better. This means that the wisest people don’t become wise through their own knowledge but wise through the growing relationship we have with the Lord. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior gives you the knowledge to know that you are saved and have been given the gift of eternal life, but this is just the beginning as God calls us to grow in relationship with Him and to gain wisdom and revelation for the way He wants the world to be and how He wants us to live our lives.
Today, seek to grow more in wisdom and revelation. Learning and being intelligent is good, but knowing the Creator and seeing life more in the view of the way God sees it is better. Seek God and ask him to open your eyes to the wisdom that he wishes everyone would gain. When we ask for wisdom and revelation, God draws back the curtain giving us a different view on life and on the growing Kingdom of God.
Pastor Allen Swayze