“Then He was [wisdom] and declared it, He established it, yes, and searched it out [for His own use, and He alone possesses it]. But to man He said, behold the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”
God established wisdom and, boy, do we need it! Reverencing God is wisdom.
The whole book of proverbs is about wisdom. Reading one chapter a day will take you through it in a month. In the very first chapter “wisdom” speaks to us as a woman. In Verse 33 she says, “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Wisdom is different than head knowledge. Wisdom resides in our hearts. We get it in several ways. One as just stated is to reverence, honor and give glory, to God. We can also simply ask for it. James 1:5 (NIV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
We can gather facts and cram our brains with knowledge, but that only ‘puffs up’, or makes us arrogant and fills us with pride. We all know at least one person who is a “know-it-all” and how much fun are they to be around. Try to impart some new information to them, or even give advice. Those kind of people are not teachable because they aren’t humble. But then we all know “wise” people, who may or may not have a lot of facts stored in their brain, but they can give and take advice, they are teachable. So we don’t need facts alone, we need to know that to do with those fact. Facts alone are dangerous.
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 “Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.” Wisdom helps us apply facts in the right way. Godly wisdom keeps us from screwing up.
We are blessed when we find wisdom. “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.” Proverbs 3:13-18. What is in her hands? Long life in one, and riches and honor in the other. Sounds good to me.