The Wisdom Process

If the previous articles are correct (that wisdom is not instantly acquired) then there must be a PROCESS for acquiring wisdom. For the time being, let us deal with normal wisdom (earthly wisdom, James 3:13-18). Then later, we can differentiate Godly wisdom.

There are several related words that are involved in the process of acquiring wisdom. I would like to hear your ideas about how these words relate to each other:

Pr 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

  • Knowledge
  • Understanding
Pr 3:21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
  • Sound Judgment
  • Discernment

Other words that may also be involved:

  • Counsel
  • Insight

Leave a comment and tell us what you think about the process. I have given some starter questions but do not limit your responses to these – you may suggest other words, questions or ideas. Tell us…

  • Is there an ORDER (process) to the development of wisdom?
  • If wisdom is the primary thing (Pr 4:7), then which of these words/concepts PRECEDE wisdom?
  • Do any of the concepts build upon others? Is there a SEQUENCE to them?
  • Are any of these concepts REQUIRED in order for one to acquire wisdom? If so, which?
  • Do any of these words actually MEAN THE SAME as wisdom?
  • Are any of these concepts in OPPOSITION to the development of wisdom?.

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