Wise Ways

“Those who are wise understand these things, those who are discerning Know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them. But transgressors stumble in them” (Hosea 14:9)

The Bible repeatedly commands believers to actively seek wise decisions.

“Be careful how you live, not as unwise people but as wise.” (Eph. 5:15)

The distinction between wisdom and folly is clear, but what seems to be the hurry regarding the gaining of wisdom?

Jesus has a plan:

“See, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, so be wise as snakes and innocent and innocent as doves.” (Matt. 10:16)

Jesus knows that the “wolves” are not stupid. Quite the contrary, they are all the more dangerous because of their cunning.

The sharks and wolves of the world can be ruthless and sharp, but that doesn’t mean they are wise.

“Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Rom 1:22)

Paul warns against this: “Do not be haughty . . . do not claim to be wiser than you are.” (Rom 12:16)

So, haughtiness aside, there is a difference between being smart and being wise.

To be smart is to have knowledge and the ability to quickly assimilate information. To be wise is to be able to put such knowledge to practical use, to understand it.

But where does one obtain wisdom?

“The Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6)

God will give you all the wisdom you can handled; if you simply ask Him for it.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives liberally and abundantly, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)