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What is the True Wisdom?

Wisdom is commonly defined as the quality of being wise, to include having good judgment and knowledge of what is true.  We tend to think of wisdom as something that we acquire with age and experience as we live out our lives.  We remember King Solomon in the Old Testament as someone who exemplified wisdom.  Solomon asked for and received his wisdom as a gift from God when he pleased God by showing great humility in asking Him for wisdom to discern between good and bad instead of asking for long life, riches, or other earthly things (1 Kings 3:9-14).  God was so pleased with Solomon's humble request that, in addition to wisdom, He also gave Solomon riches and honor.  And He added a bonus: long life if Solomon would keep His commandments.   


As in Solomon's case, true wisdom is special and comes only from God.  James (James 3:17) tells us "But the wisdom from above is first of all pure; then it is peace-loving, gentle."  True wisdom is not necessarily related to age or experience.  It has to do with virtuous living and knowledge of heavenly things, not earthly things.  In other words, true wisdom is knowing God's will and living accordingly.  Speaking about how one should live as a truly wise person, James says (James 3:13) "Then let him by his noble living show forth his works with the humility of true wisdom."  The Disciple Group suggests that you ask God for the gift of true wisdom during your prayer time this week.  As with Solomon, He just might give you even more than you ask for.