9With wisdom you will learn
what is right
and honest and fair.
10Wisdom will control your mind,
and you will be pleased
11Sound judgment and good sense
will watch over you.
Wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing, although they are closely related and often inseparable. Knowledge comes from education, while wisdom comes from experience. Wisdom is knowing how to apply the knowledge we derive from learning.
The online dictionary defines wisdom as, “the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment: the quality of being wise.” Knowledge is defined as, “information and skills acquired through experience or education.”
Wisdom means understanding the consequences of our actions or words before we act or speak. David tells us that fear, or respect, for God is actually the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). Knowing God and walking with him breeds wisdom. The more we know God and apply his Word to our daily life, the wiser we will be.
Solomon tells us that knowledge without wisdom can be disappointing and even harmful. Sound judgment and good sense aren’t always byproducts of knowledge. It comes when knowledge is enhanced by wisdom. Just because I possess a certain skill doesn’t mean I have the wisdom to apply that skill for the best outcome. I may know how to ride a motorcycle with great skill, but not have the wisdom to ride it safely. But if we seek wisdom and not only knowledge, sound judgment and good sense will watch over us.
Dear Lord, teach me to apply wisdom to the knowledge I have attained. Help me to make wise choices as I go through this day. Amen.
Dr. Barry Slauenwhite is Canadian Regional Director for Best Christian Workplaces Instiute. He is also President Emeritus of Compassion Canada where he has served since 1983. Barry's advocacy for the poor has taken him to 61 countries. From his experience as a pastor and a ministry leader, he passionately works to promote holistic child development through the local church as being the most effective kingdom-building strategy available to the Christian world. Barry's latest book, Strategic Compassion, addresses the theological implications of poverty and draws a conclusion that the gospel is the most effective tool the church has to eradicate poverty.