Proverbs. Quips. Advice. Nuggets. Counsel. They are the words we use to describe wisdom that is passed to another. It’s the hope that we learn from the mistakes of others rather than our own, though learning comes with both.
What I love about the opening scene in Proverbs is the definition of wisdom. Wisdom isn’t merely being smarter than someone else, or lording your omniscience over someone else. Wisdom is something given, like a gift. It’s a leading, it’s instruction.
Our world values knowledge, information, if you will. So much is at our fingertips, yet the choices people make in this day seem to be far from wise. Could it be because we re so focused on facts and the bottom line that we’ve simply searched for knowledge and disregarded wisdom completely? After all, knowledge by itself is only pleasant to our soul, not to our spirit.
Proverbs 2: 10 For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;11 Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you
I really enjoy what this brings out about wisdom, knowledge, discretion and understating. To have all four working in harmony in one’s life would truly be a gift.