“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
God is all-wise, is the Source of true wisdom, and has made His wisdom available to those who seek Him. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge and understanding, to judge correctly, and to choose the correct course of action. The Bible makes a clear distinction between the world’s wisdom and the wisdom of God. The wisdom of this world is sometimes referred to as foolishness in the Word of God. As a rule, the world rejects the wisdom of God.
God’s children should be warned about believing the wisdom of the world and not seeking the wisdom of God. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Many are being led astray by accepting the world’s wisdom and rejecting God’s wisdom. This is being done through the wrong associations, ungodly counsel, government schools, the media, etc. We have witnessed this as recent generations have turned from the wisdom of God and have accepted the wisdom of the world. One place this is seen is in the acceptance of the colossal lie of evolution. There is nothing scientific about this humanistic theory, and it could only exist because of the rejection of God’s wisdom. It is another evidence of the Biblical principle that teaches us that when truth is rejected, people will believe a lie.
The view of some people is that wisdom is only theoretical, while not being practical. This conclusion is far from being true. God’s wisdom is quite practical. The Bible contains wisdom about relationships, finances, family, child training, work ethics, moral purity, marriage, character training, emotional and physical health, citizenship, relating to authority, and much more.
We should make the pursuit of God’s wisdom a priority. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.” We are encouraged in the Scripture to ask God for wisdom, Who gives to all men liberally. God desires for us to have wisdom. As we search the Scriptures and pray for wisdom, we can trust Him to provide it. Our attitude about God will affect our access to His wisdom. In fact, fearing Him is the beginning of wisdom. God is all-wise and wants to impart His perfect wisdom to those who seek it.