An interesting quote about judgment and experience:
(attributed to either Will Rogers or Mark Twain.)
Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment
It sounds a bit like the new graduate seeking employment: Getting a job is the way to get experience but you need experience to get the job. (Equals frustration)
But I think I agree with the quote. What do you think?
- Is this a true statement?
- How does “good judgment” relate to wisdom?
- Should we attempt to judge poorly so that we will attain good judgment?
Solomon was the wisest man
In the Bible, and in much of the secular world, Solomon is recognized as having possessed wisdom beyond that of any other man who ever lived. In 1 Chronicles 1:7 (NIV) God spoke to Solomon in a dream and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” When Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge (v.10) God was pleased and granted his request.
So, instantly, Solomon became the wisest and most knowledgeable man on the earth – NOT! In verse 12 God said, “therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you.” Notice the FUTURE TENSE “will be given.”
Someone once said, “As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools.” How many kids (including me) have wasted their time and then prayed that God would give them instantaneous knowledge to pass a test? But knowledge is almost always acquired through experience and education (study).
Likewise, there is NO INSTANT WISDOM. God promised Solomon that he would acquire great knowledge and have the wisdom to use it. However, God did not specify the means by which Solomon would become wise. God also assured Solomon that He would give him “wealth, riches and honor” but these were not apparent when Solomon awoke from his dream either. Verse 14 says that “Solomon accumulated chariots and horses.” It is only reasonable that Solomon received all of the things God promised (including wisdom and knowledge) – over time and with some effort on Solomon’s part.
What is the difference between counsel & wisdom?
In the last post, I asked about the word, counsel. The word counsel is used for the advice that one person gives to another.
A related definition is that of an advocate. An advocate or lawyer (AKA, counselor) gives (legal) advice and advocates for his or her client.
So, counsel (advice) is not what we normally call wisdom. However, it is what we generally ask of God when we are facing a difficult decision. We may pray, “God give me wisdom,” but what we really want is for God to give us advice about how we should decide a matter.
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“God grant me wisdom.”
When we face difficult choices, Christians should always seek God’s counsel. But is “counsel” the same as “wisdom”?
- If not, what is the difference?
- How do you define wisdom?
All of us want to have (& use) wisdom. Many Christians quote the Bible at James 1:5 and believe that God will just impart a special gift of wisdom. At that point, they assume that they will somehow become wise and will make the right decision about whatever they are debating.
But Godly Wisdom is not acquired by waiting until God sprinkles some “wisdom dust” on our head. A proper understanding of ANY Scripture requires that one consider the context – not just quote a single verse.
This website is all about resolving the conflicting ideas of how we acquire wisdom. Further, we intend to offer brief notes about learning from our experiences and the process of putting our knowledge into practice.
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