by Bob Dasal
We live in the information age. The Internet is our information highway. Just as the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century changed the way we work and live, the Technology Revolution of the twentieth century changed how we receive and use information.
Has the proliferation of information made us more knowledgeable and wiser? Do we live better lives because we know more? Too often people have more and do more, but lack wisdom. In looking for an accurate definition of wisdom I found a plethora of ideas and perspectives.
Confucius taught wisdom is learned by three methods. "Reflection which is noblest; imitation, which is the easiest; and experience, which is the bitterest." Samuel Coleridge said, "Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom."
The Bible teaches that worldly wisdom and God's wisdom are not the same. In fact, it is foolish for Christians not to have God's kind of wisdom, because it's available to every believer. James wrote, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith" (James 1:5,6). How can we increase our faith? The Apostle Paul wrote, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10:17). Growing in wisdom and knowledge is directly connected to an ongoing in-depth study of God's Word.
Jesus spoke powerfully of wisdom. Let's consider three brief insights into God's kind of wisdom from His teaching in Matthew:
In the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25), He teaches the importance of preparation. The wise virgins were prepared for the coming of the bridegroom and the foolish virgins were not! The prepared were welcomed and the foolish were left out. A wise person is prepared to meet the Lord.
In the story of the two men who built their houses (Matt. 7), Jesus said one was wise and the other foolish. One built on the rock and the other on the sand. Jesus is speaking of the importance of building a life on the right foundation. Building a life that matters and that will last forever must be built on the Rock which is Jesus. To build otherwise is to build on sand-and that's foolish.
When sending out the seventy (Matt. 10), Jesus instructed them to "be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves." The wise do not just live, but they live lives worth living in both time and eternity. To do that they need to be tough-minded but tender-hearted. Wise is the person who is strong in convictions (based upon the Word) and gentle in manner.
James 3:17 says, "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere" (NLT).