What Is Wisdom?
Wisdom. What is it? Wisdom is one of those words that everybody uses loosely, like gospel, sanctification or justification, but I think people don’t really think about it and what it means. I used to think that wisdom just meant that you were smart or had knowledge. Unfortunately by that definition that means the man who goes to college is wiser than the hard blue-collar worker or that Neil Degrasse Tyson is the wisest man on the planet, both of which I think are false.
The Bible is littered with references to wisdom and clearly it is something to be coveted as you look at King Solomon and other Godly men and women in the Bible. The Bible actually has a definition for wisdom.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” –Proverbs 9:10
Proverbs says that actually wisdom is fearing the Lord (fearing the Lord is a topic for another blog post because it is beautiful and confusing all at once) and it gives the impression that wisdom stems from the Lord. That is only affirmed when you look at Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae. In chapter 2 of Colossians you see Paul talking personally to the Colossians but he drops a little theological nugget and if you aren’t reading carefully you might miss it.
“In whom [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” –Colossians 2:3
Wisdom is strictly from the Lord. An unreal thought! When meditating on these verses and reflecting on my own experience I made my own definition of wisdom. Wisdom is bridging the gap between knowing and believing a truth about God. How true is that? A truth about God, something you read in the Bible, veiled from you suddenly becomes reveled in a powerful way by the Holy Spirit through experience. That is what happened to me this summer.
This summer was a wonky one to say the least. It started in late spring, with me preparing to graduate college by frantically searching for a job. I became so desperate that I didn’t care where I ended up or what I actually did I just wanted a job. I felt pressure from everyone, the college, my friends, family and even myself to get a job because post graduation that is all anyone seems to care about. Deciding to go out on a limb, I contacted David Laufenburger about me potentially working on camp staff. I had heard through the grapevine that staff was small and that they specifically needed a male, who could play guitar and was lifeguard certified (it was all too perfect). Going against the opinions of everyone, myself included, I decided to work at camp. I was stressed beyond belief because I did not have a job. Would I get one? How difficult would it be to get a job while simultaneously working at camp? As I was asking myself these questions, I had this contradictory truth reverberating in my head from Matthew 6. Why should I worry? Does God not provide? Short answer, yes he does and scripture confirms this.
I wouldn’t say that I tested God in the sense of “Hey God if you are real give me a job this summer” but it was more like I put myself in position for the Holy Spirit to work on me. Isn’t that what getting wisdom and sanctification is in the end? Continually saying “here I am God” and letting the Holy Spirit move in you? That is
what happens when we read our Bibles, pray and meditate, we are simply putting ourselves in positions for God to teach us things. That is not to say every time I read my Bible I am speaking tongues and I have this out of body experience with God. Honestly, most of the time it’s the opposite. It’s me reading a really old book. But by constantly reading I am putting myself in positions for the Holy Spirit to teach me things and revel more of himself to me. Ultimately that is the only way we change or gain any sort of wisdom, through the Holy Spirit. So why not constantly put yourself in those positions, no matter how boring (reading your bible) or scary (giving up future plans) it is? That is what this summer was for me, simply giving up my plans to God and putting myself in position for him to speak truth and spark wisdom in my life. Oh and for those of you wondering if I got a job or not, I just wanted to let you know I am writing this from my cubicle on my lunch break.
Mason Savage, Hope Shores Bible Camp Staffer