Drawn to the Light
WISDOM – A moral rather than an intellectual quality. Wisdom may be regarded not as a mere personification of the attribute of wisdom, but as a divine person. Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Some people inaccurately use the words “wise” and “intelligent” interchangeably. Intelligence does not automatically beget wisdom, nor is wisdom always borne simply out of intelligence. I have known a few individuals with a wealth of wisdom who would not be classified as intelligent in a scholarly sense. Conversely, there are highly intelligent scholars who are bereft of wisdom. Which, then, is to be more desired? If we accept the premise that ones’ intelligence (IQ) and wisdom both come from God, which holds more value to God?
Using the online search engine for Bible Gateway, I found six verses concerning intelligence and 214 verses on wisdom. This suggests that the Author of the Bible is much more interested in the spiritual wisdom of our knowledge rather than mere intellect. A further comparison would be to classify the rank of these attributes in our children—would we rather our children be wise or just book smart? We want the best of both gifts for them, of course; but if forced to choose, I choose wisdom.
Think of wisdom as a divine person as you read the following verses and enjoy the wisdom of Proverbs (NASB):
- “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. For its profit is better than the profit of silver, and its gain than fine gold. She (wisdom) is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.” Prov. 3:13–15
- “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.” Prov. 4:7–8
- “Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” Prov. 9:8
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Prov. 9:10
- “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Prov. 10:19
- “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.” Prov. 11:2
- “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Prov. 12:18
- “Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom.” Prov. 13:10
- “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.” Prov. 23:9
- “A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.” Prov. 29:11
How often we try to do things our own way, only to come up short in the “wise” column. Regret renders us once again feeling inadequate and unwise, as we chastise ourselves for acting impulsively before considering all angles of our action. The unmistakable fact is that we are not naturally creatures of humility. And when success does come, we want to beat our breast like an Olympian Gold Medalist and point to our victory, taking all the credit. Yet, even when we refuse to acknowledge the Source of enlightenment for our success, it remains God who gives us the wisdom to accomplish great things.
“Nothing we desire compares with wisdom – more precious than jewels, more profitable than gold.” This statement evokes visions of that which is beautiful, unattainable, costly and rare. And God’s Word tells us that none of it – not titles, talents, mansions, Maseratis, promotions, physical prowess, prestige, property, fame or fortune – compares with Wisdom. So, let us seek God to reflect His Wisdom – and become more precious than jewels, more valuable than gold.