2006-04-11 - Living or Doing
As a kid, some people told me that I had a lot of book smarts but lacked good sense. I hope that I've gotten better as time has gone by and that those people, or anyone else for that matter, wouldn't be able to say that of me. It actually took me a while to understand that I needed both.
"Book smarts", or intelligence, could be defined as knowing a lot of stuff about stuff. Intelligence is the ability to understand new concepts and processes as well as the ability to put that information to use. You might say intelligence is knowing how to do things well in life.
On the other hand, good sense, or wisdom, is defined as "a moral rather than an intellectual quality" in Easton's Bible Dictionary. Wisdom is the ability to make good decisions or proper judgments. Wisdom then could be summed up as knowing how to live well.
Do you know how to live well or merely know how to do stuff well in life? We can intelligence from books, schools, and even the internet. But, where do we get wisdom. Job pondered that same question:
Job 28:12-28 (HCSB)
Wisdom can't be discovered in the depths of any cave. Neither the highest peak of any mountain or the deepest floor of any ocean holds the secrets of wisdom. It cannot be bought; it is more valuable than any precious stone. God alone understands the way to wisdom and he freely offers it to any who will take it.
Revering God is the key to wisdom. Crown him as Lord of your life. Honor him in all you do. Just ask yourself continually, "How can God be lifted up in this situation?" Pay respect to God with your time, talents, and all your other resources. This is truly knowing how to live well. This is what it means to be wise.
When we obtain wisdom, we can confidently tell others, as Paul did, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Corinthians 12:1) We can gain wisdom and help others in their quest as well. No wisdom can't be bought but it can be freely given - by the one who freely gave his Son.
Will you live wisely or settle for knowing a lot in life? Do you want to be a wise mentor, or will you settle for just being an intelligent instructor?
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted