WISDOM INVOLVES CHARACTER MORE THAN INTELLECT
Wisdom’s attributes are qualities of character rather than intellect. Wisdom is very much concerned with how we live.
Perhaps this is why the Scriptures put such a premium on wisdom.
Consider these statements from the book of Proverbs:
- Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get under-standing. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; Embrace her, and she will honour you (4:7f)
- For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her (8:11)
- Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning (9:9).
- For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life (9:11)
- Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (24:14).
These passages all point out the incomparable value of wisdom. No wonder the Bible encourages us to seek it and then, when we have found it, to hold it fast.
To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.<< Go to the previous Word for the Week Go to the next Word for the Week >>
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