July 27

The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Proverbs 2:6

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.  James 1:5

My Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines wisdom as “knowledge, insight, good sense, judgment”.  Psychologist Robert Sternberg, writing for Psychology Today, states that wisdom is a “balance between oneself and others so that actions are directed at the common good”.  The Bible says that wisdom is a gift from God which he freely gives to those who ask for it.

There is much interest in wisdom today by psychologists.  I find it to be a complex subject so much so that to try to encapsulate it is difficult. Suffice it to say that for Christians, we need wisdom and we are to ask for it in our petitions to our maker.  I believe that God values wisdom for his children and that he wants us to use it.  We need to be open minded and humble in our knowledge.  We need to use our insight, our ability to discern, our discretion and our vision and our love.

A quote by Charles Spurgeon, a British minister in the Baptist church who became known for his preaching.  “Wisdom is the right use of knowledge.  To know is not to be wise.  There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool.  But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom”.

Knowing God,

In this uncertain and frustrating time in our world, we know that we must make good decisions to keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy and safe.  We ask for wisdom.  Make us wise Lord.  Thank you. Amen.

Joan Perlich