Posted by: SandreS | August 19, 2009


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).

What is Wisdom?

Wisdom is the appropriate application of truth that has been stored in our soul. Noah Webster (1828) defines the English word wisdom as “the right use or exercise of knowledge.” Spiros Zodhiates defines the Greek word as “skill in the affairs of life … forming the best plans and selecting the best means, including the idea of sound judgment and good sense … a skill and carefulness in dealing with one’s own resources.”

The etymology of our English word wisdom is: “wise” + “dom.” “Wise” means discerning, prudent, and “dom” is a suffix meaning the condition or domain of. Thus, wisdom is the condition of being discerning, a dominion of prudence.

How Do We Obtain Wisdom?

(1)   We obtain wisdom by studying and filling our hearts with God’s Word.

O how love I Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You through Your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts (Psalm 119:97–100).

And that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (II Timothy 3:15).

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16).

(2)   We obtain wisdom by acquiring wise counsel.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels (Proverbs 1:5; remember, counsel is only as good as its source! – c.f. Psalm 1:1).

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkens unto counsel is wise (Proverbs 12:15).

He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20).

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established (Proverbs 15:22).

Hear counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end (Proverbs 19:20; c.f. Titus 2:23 – imagine the pool of collected wisdom discerning members of Christ’s Body could be to one another).

(3)   We obtain wisdom by taking advantage of the circumstances of life.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Your statutes (Psalm 119:71).

But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
1995, 2009 Bible Student’s Press


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: