Some people act as if knowledge and wisdom are inherent. You either “have it” or you don’t. We sometimes mistakenly believe “common sense” is an accurate description of what is often not common at all.
Reason For Lack Of Wisdom? Or Excuse?
Many reasons exist to explain why many people just don’t “get it”, but when you look at it from a biblical perspective, those are mostly excuses and not reasons at all. Many handicaps and learning disabilities are blamed for lack of knowledge and wisdom sometimes. While handicaps may make it more difficult to learn, most of the time they are not as important as some state. (I’m not talking about severe retardation or brain damage, but ADD, etc.)
The Bible tells us that there is a key to wisdom, an attitude of the mind that presents itself in various ways and ensures proper development. Here is an example of this expression, found in Proverbs 2:1-5
My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
According to Proverbs 1:7, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and this fear (or respect) for God should have a distinct reaction within our hearts. That reaction is exemplified in the verses above. We must have an overwhelming desire to find truth.
How strong is that desire within you? Sometimes we find it and fail to treasure it so we lose it. Don’t let wisdom escape you. It’s far too valuable!