I’ve heard it said that knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit and wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. This past weekend we continued our “road trip” by discovering the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Pastor Chris Lautsbaugh shared in his message that wisdom is a gift from God, but it is not a guarantee of future success. He used the example of Solomon, who started better than he finished. While Solomon had the gift of wisdom, he still made poor choices which had centuries of implications on the nation of Israel. Like every gift God gives us, wisdom must be stewarded.
What area of your life do you need wisdom most in this season?
Maybe you need the discernment to repair a relationship. Or perhaps you’re at a crucial crossroads, and you need directional wisdom.
James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (NLT)
This may come as a surprise, but God really wants to give us wisdom so we can walk in it. We can gain knowledge through life experience, but we receive wisdom as a gift from God. When you find yourself in need of wisdom, this scripture invites you to ask God who is generous and willing to give to those who ask.
In his message, Pastor Chris referred to the book of Proverbs, which was written by Solomon. This book of the Bible has a lot to say about what it means to live wisely. If you want to know what God's Word says about being wise, consider reading one chapter of Proverbs per day. It will take you one month to get through the entire book.
Would you set some time aside this week to pray and ask God for wisdom? If you’re not sure where to start, you can follow this prayer of serenity:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.