Wisdom can be gathered.
Wisdom can be learned, or gained.
Wisdom cannot be taught.
Wisdom. We all have heard of it. We all have used it. But few of us, if any, can offer a definition that everyone would totally agree with…or that everyone would agree is all-encompassing.
What is wisdom? How does anyone become wise? Is it something you are, something you have, or something you do? Does anyone ever set out to develop or acquire wisdom as a goal? How does a person become wise? Do people regarded as wise think of themselves as wise? What is it about someone that has others see them as wise?
Applying wisdom to our human, earthly lives, I would say that wisdom is the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best ends. It is not merely a matter of information or knowledge but of skillful and practical application of the truth to the ordinary events of life. It is awareness to be sensitive to this situation, to this person, uninfluenced by any corruption of the past. I would even go a step further and say that wisdom relates to developing an eternal perspective on life. I would venture that few today know wisdom’s value.
The fear of the Lord is wisdom, showing respect and reverence for God and shunning evil. I reiterate, to me it is the only way to attain true wisdom. To fear God is to nurture an attitude of awe and humility before Him and to walk in total dependence upon God in every area of life. That is wisdom.