There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge. Those who go to school, take notes, and study diligently gain knowledge about the subjects they study. This information, this knowledge, can prove to be very helpful in life. Once out of school we can find someone who knows even more than we have learned and expand our knowledge about a subject even further.
Most people in our society view “wisdom” as something that comes with age. I’ve heard people say things like, “He is really wise for his age.” I’ve heard others say about themselves, “The older I get the more wise I become.” That may be true for some people, but I don’t see that as part of my experience. It seems like the older I get I am becoming more aware of my own ignorance. There is just so much about life that I don’t know much about at all.
I find great comfort in James’ words, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” When I become aware of my lack of wisdom about something I can go to God in prayer and ask for wisdom. I know there are some things that I will never understand, but I’ve learned more than I could ever know by going to God and waiting on Him to reveal to me what I need to know.
In Proverbs 2, I read, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6 NIV) If God possesses infinite wisdom, which the Scriptures tell me is true, then it only makes sense that I would spend at least as much time with Him, seeking to learn from Him, as I have spent in classrooms learning from my teachers. I want to spend more time, in this day, searching the Scriptures and spending time in prayer seeking to learn about God and His will for my life.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I would set aside the things that distract me, rob me of time, and that I would devote that time to sitting with You and learning what You desire to teach me.