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.
Pr 3:21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
- Sound Judgment
Other words that may also be involved:
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?.
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.