The difficulty of finding wisdom

Have you found wisdom?  Have you asked for it? Lucille Ball thought it was hard to come by.

2 Kings 3 tells the story, in the days after Solomon ascended to the throne of his father David, of the Lord coming to Solomon in dream telling Solomon he would give Solomon whatever he wished.  He could have chosen riches or power, but Solomon famously chose wisdom.  So God gave him wisdom, and the riches, power and fame followed abundantly.

God tells us in James 1:5 “5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

How many of us wish God would answer our James 1:5 prayers like he answered Solomon’s?

Wisdom is a confusing thing.  Does it come by experience?  Age?  Failure?  Or maybe some people just have a larger dose of wisdom?  Is it IQ?  Is it education?  Is it intellectual giftedness?  A combination of all these?  Perhaps wisdom comes in different forms and different means.

I googled “examples of wisdom” just for kicks, and on a Yahoo Answers page I found the following:

  • Knowing that a tomato is a fruit, yet having the wisdom not to put it into a fruit salad.
  • Bhudda’s teachings.
  • Submission to Allah’s Will.
  • Read the book of Proverbs! and what Proverbs says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • Hindsight is 20/20.
  • Many other options, including one that is good for the snowy weather we had today: “Don’t eat yellow snow.”

Seems there’s many pathways to wisdom.  In our ongoing study of 1st Corinthians, we’re going to study 2:6-16 in which Paul discusses how we find wisdom, as well as the various kinds of wisdom.

How have you found wisdom?

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

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