Wisdom Is The Practical Application Of Knowledge In Truth To Determine The Right Course Of Action To Take
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
Awakening to the Almighty
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we come to realize that there is a God, and He is not us, we begin on a journey of developing wisdom – the practical application of knowledge in truth. Obtaining wisdom should not merely be an academic pursuit; it should guide us into a greater understanding of ourselves, God’s creation, and God’s character so that we can be more fruitful in His service.
God gives us faith so that we would recognize that He exists and is working in our lives. Fear, in this sense, is not merely relegated to the dread of reaping the consequences of our actions, but moving from a clear understanding of God’s Holiness to God’s Faithfulness. Wisdom teaches us that God is not ONLY holy, not ONLY just, but also that He is love, and full of grace and mercy. His perfect holiness is tempered in love through mercy and grace, and is evidenced by His willingness to allow His one and only Son to die on the cross for sins so that we could be reconciled to Him.
When we fear God, we begin to trust God. And as we trust God, He joyfully moves in our lives to bring about His plan and display the beauty of His character through His wisdom in how He made everything and interacts with His creation.
Wisdom is greatly to be desired. Knowledge without wisdom is a trophy on a shelf. A savant may be able to recite every fact known to man, but without the ability to collate that information into practical, useful direction, it is merely an interesting aside.
Spiritual growth and strength occur when we practically apply our knowledge of God’s word in wisdom in our actions. As we
being begin to be obedient, God reveals the reasons behind why He does what He does. It helps us to better discern what actions to take when faced with difficulties, and to choose rightly in the moment of action. Wisdom tells us that God knows everything, so we should FIRST go to Him if we need it. Wisdom tells us to how and why to avoid evil, and how to embrace and engage in truth and righteousness. And it is only as we are willing to apply wisdom in our own lives that we being begin to truly understand the benefit of it as we reap her rewards.
Wealth of Wisdom
As we grow in Godly wisdom, we are able to honor God in a way that pleases Him. It has been said that we have two beasts within us. And whichever one we feed will grow stronger, and the one we don’t feed will grow weaker, yet will grow more desperate in its cries in our life until it grows so weak that it quiets down. We choose which beast to feed.
We can feed the evil nature within us, or we can feed the godly nature within us. As we spiritually mature, God gives us not only the wisdom and knowledge to act, but also provides us with the strength to ignore the cries of our sin nature and our cursed bodies as we strive to walk more closely with God. Paul likened this to an athlete’s training:
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
We are to use what we learn so that we are not being hypocrites before the world. Who wants a doctor who weighs 350 pounds, has a terrible cough, drinks alcohol on the job, smokes in the office, and then tells someone who weighs 200 pounds that they need to lose weight and exercise more so that they can become healthier?
Wisdom has great practical application in what is truly important – our spiritual growth and intimacy with our Creator. But is also has wonderful application in other areas of our lives that appear more practical and have more immediate consequences.
Wisdom tells us that we should lock our doors in areas with high crime. Wisdom tells us that we should avoid physical intimacy with people other than our spouses (and to avoid it until we have a spouse). Wisdom tells us that we should drive sober.
The answers seem obvious to people who have wisdom, but to those who do not, these general statements of conduct may seem genuinely odd, but make perfect sense once a person who has gleaned wisdom explains it:
- Those who grew up in areas where there was great trust in their neighbors because they helped one another, and who don’t pay attention to the news, may find that living in Chicago or New York City or Baltimore to be a new experience…
- Ask anyone who has AIDS, HIV, or any other number of terrible diseases that have a tendency to spread through physical relations with others, and they will tell you their wisdom in the matters of physical intimacy with others
- Ask the man who lost his job, his family, his car, his home, and everything else he found dear in this life after he has taken the life of another human being while drinking and driving
It has been said that good judgment comes from experience; and experience comes from bad judgment.
Potential for Prosperity
When we apply wisdom to our finances, we may stop spending money on unnecessary items (or re-prioritize what is necessary and what is not) so that we have more money to save or invest. Proverbs 31 tells of a woman who has great wisdom in many areas of her life. She applies that wisdom in how she conducts the household while her husband is off at the city gates being an elder (the modern equivalent is being on City Council and the local Judge)
The practical application of knowledge in how life works helps us to make important decisions concerning how we conduct ourselves. It is only valuable when we are willing to put the lessons that wisdom teaches us into practice.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifices to employ all of the wisdom that God has provided for me in daily living?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You know the beginning from the end. Nothing is hidden from You. Even before a word is on my lips You already know what it will be. With all knowledge, and Your perfect character, You are all-wise as well. Father, help me to navigate through this day so that I honor Your name in all that I do. Help me to make the necessary changes to how I act, think, and speak so that I can grow in wisdom and knowledge. Show me how to better conduct myself through Your word so that it would benefit me, my family, and everyone around me. Provide for my every need, and guard me against all influences that would seek to derail my efforts living for You. This I ask in the precious name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
This blog has been edited for spelling and grammatical errors.