Get Wisdom

Proverbs 4:7, “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding.”

There seems to be a progression toward gaining wisdom: Obtain knowledge, get understanding, humbly seek God, and apply wisdom.

Knowledge involves learning facts, some of which may not be the complete truth, or not true at all; therefore, merely having a head full of knowledge does not necessarily mean that one can exercise “common sense” or make the best decisions.

Understanding allows for grasping the meaning, or getting the gist of facts and information. It seems to be the bridge between knowledge and wisdom in that once we “get” how a fact or piece of information can be used, we are better equipped to apply it.

Wisdom is the ability to see things from God’s perspective; it’s knowing how to apply the knowledge that we understand appropriately and effectively to our lives. The important thing to remember at this point is that according to Psalm 111:10, “The fear (profound respect mingled with love and awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This is how that beginning looks: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives generously and without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5). What a promise- once we give the Lord the respect He is due, then humbly ask for wisdom, He will give us the wisdom we need!