During these messed up times in 2020, wisdom appears to have taken a backseat for some people.
I’ll just go ahead and say that out loud.
Of course, we should not confuse wisdom with knowledge. None of us have the amount of knowledge we would prefer in regards to what is happening in and to our world.
We don’t know what the long-term affects of Covid-19 will be, medically, economically, or socially.
We don’t know the consequences of the upcoming presidential election, and all the mess that surrounds our nation’s politicians right now.
We don’t know the ins and outs of the controversies and conspiracies that abound out of what seems like every single little thing that happens lately.
We don’t know these things, but we can maintain wisdom in the absence of knowledge. Knowledge is obtained, but wisdom is a skill to be practiced and applied.
God instructs us to fervently seek wisdom by seeking Him.
As you ponder on these verses, keep in mind that wisdom comes from the Lord. Submitting to the Lord’s authority and will increases your ability to practice wisdom in the face of uncertainty, something we all need in the days to come.
1. Proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
2. James 3:17
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
3. Proverbs 29:11
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.”
4. Proverbs 15:21
“Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.”
5. Psalm 90:12
“Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
6. James 3:13
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”
7. 1 Corinthians 1:24
“but to those who are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
8. Proverbs 4:6-7
“Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
9. Proverbs 19:20
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”
10. Proverbs 16:16
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”