But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. ~ James 3:17
Is wisdom still valued? We can google for information and have the data in seconds. And the knowledge gained from this data is all well and good. (My apologies to all the elementary school teachers who told me never to begin a sentence with the word ‘And’.) And this quick and ready reservoir of knowledge serves its purpose most of the time. But, how do we engage this knowledge? Does gaining knowledge lead to wisdom?
Our fast-paced society applauds the gathering of knowledge but grows impatient with the acquiring of wisdom. So, it’s not always easy to see that wisdom should be sought above riches (Proverbs 8:11; Job 28:15; Ecclesiastes 7:11-12; Proverbs 3:15). Wisdom is personal and social. Wisdom is always visible. Wisdom always leads to understanding and taking the best course of action. Knowledge can be visible. But knowledge alone does not always lead to understanding and taking the best course of action.
But, isn’t wisdom and knowledge the same thing?
It’s obvious that there’s a relationship between wisdom and knowledge. Think of knowledge as the data gained. Think of wisdom as the ability to use the data gained. Wisdom assimilates knowledge from many different sources… another person, experiences, the internet, a book, or personal insight… and processes it with good judgment to take the right action.
Knowledge alone doesn’t equal wisdom. Yet, knowledge is always present in wisdom. Though, knowledge can exist without wisdom. Wisdom will always contain knowledge. It’s wisdom that inculcates creativity, intuition, reflection, common sense, wise decision-making, and prayer into honorable daily living.
Wisdom is knowing how, where, when, what, and with whom… to bring about the maximum positive benefit. Wisdom uses knowledge with benevolence and strength…in humility for the good of all. Wisdom is the private and public responsible use of knowledge in God’s Creation. There must never be an abandonment of wisdom.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.