In our day, knowledge abounds but wisdom is in short supply. For example, here’s a small sample of rejected titles for children’s books:
• “You Are Different—and That’s Not Good”
• “A Kid’s Guide to Hitchhiking”
• “Some Kittens Can Fly!”
• “I Dare You! 101 Challenges to Prove You’re Not a Baby”
• “The Boy Who Got Sick from Eating Vegetables”
So what’s the difference between the two? While knowledge is obtained, wisdom is developed. Wisdom can be defined as “the right use of knowledge.” Wisdom is the ability to recognize and judge everything; which aspects of knowledge are true, right, lasting, and helpful. It’s the ability to apply knowledge and to make decisions based on experience and intuition.
· Knowledge knows mistakes are part of life; Wisdom is not making the same mistake twice.
· Knowledge knows the difference between being smart and stupid; Wisdom is that sometimes, when you want to be smart, you can make yourself look stupid.
· Knowledge knows how to manage your money, budgeting, spending, saving; Wisdom understands how money impacts the quality of your life and your future.
Someone once said, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”
I think it’s safe to say we all want wisdom. So where do you start? How do you grow in wisdom? Proverbs, a book of wisdom, reveals where our quest begins: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (9:10). To “fear the Lord” is to honor Him as Creator, Sustainer, and Judge of all life, even yours. This is the starting line. When you grab on to that, and begin to learn and trust what He shows us in the Bible, your journey is well underway. Again and again, the writer of Proverbs encourages us to gain wisdom, because wisdom not only nourishes our own lives, it brings life to those around us.