Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?” for it is not wise to ask that. 11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing; it benefits those who see the light of day. 12 For wisdom provides protection, just as money provides protection. But the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.
“But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him.”
When I am tempted to give in to emotion or make a rash decision, it is to God that I run. What a precious gift that we can come to Him and seek His wisdom in all things.
Recently I was reminded of this privilege when I was trying to understand the best course of action in a situation. “Why are you trying to figure it out on your own?” ran through my head. I guess that is my natural disposition – to try and come up with my own solution, but the foundation of that decision should be to seek wisdom from God above all else.
Wisdom, likened to an inheritance, can only be given by God. Man can hand out down insight and knowledge, but any wisdom he has was given to him and comes from above.
Wisdom from God looks markedly different from the wisdom of this world. It is not self-glorifying, it does not boast. It serves and glorifies God as the giver of it all. The wisdom God gives is pure and peaceful, opposite what our flesh would offer as a solution.
Contained within all 66 books of the Bible are page after page of wisdom and folly fleshed out. Few have truly found wisdom and to those who have found it, it is a never-ceasing pursuit. Wisdom is not a once and done possession. It is part of the beauty of being in relationship with the most amazing genius in all the world, our God. He gives it freely, to those who ask . . . again and again.
Solomon pleased God by asking for wisdom above all else, yet He did not utilize that wisdom in one area of his life, in particular. Did he know better? I think so. His heart was turned away by his unwise decisions regarding women, and I daresay that the brief satisfaction from choosing folly instead of the wisdom he had at his disposal could not compare to the joy he could have had from walking in wisdom.
This priceless gift of wisdom is continually given to those who would humble themselves and see their need of godly wisdom. Available to all. That’s the all-wise God we serve – generous and perfect in all He does; available to give us counsel when we need it.
Lord, thank You for never leaving or forsaking us. You provide wisdom when we need it and are faithful to give us grace to seek You for it in the first place. We praise Your Name, Sovereign King!