God’s wisdom is not the world’s wisdom. It is found in his Word, through his Holy Spirit living in his children.
Are knowledge and wisdom the same thing? Are they related to each other?
Some (wise) people have said that wisdom is knowledge plus experience, like this:
KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE = WISDOM
But true wisdom that comes from God is more like this:
KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE + GOD'S TRUTH + JESUS' LIFE & TEACHING + HOLY SPIRIT'S GUIDANCE = WISDOM
The Bible tells us that Jesus — the wisest person of all time who was himself called "the wisdom of God" — actually grew in wisdom during his lifetime (see the story about Jesus at 12). When he came to earth as a fully human person, he gave up many of his divine privileges, so he wasn't born knowing everything.
If Jesus needed to grow in wisdom and understanding, certainly we do too.
The world thinks itself very wise. It's filled with ideas and advice that it says will lead to happiness, joy, fulfillment, success, and satisfaction. But the world lies. It always has. It always will. (Which isn’t to say there aren’t good and beautiful things in this world: there are. But everything that is good and beautiful is from God. And everything that diverges from God, even slightly, is born of falsehood and deception.) Sin entered the world when the first humans tried to gain wisdom in the wrong way (check out Genesis 3:1-7).
The world is a tricky place, offering countless opportunities for God’s children to go astray. One of the things that can help protect against that is wisdom — God's true wisdom about how to act, how to react, how to make decisions, how to speak, how to relate to other people, and so much more.
In his letters to Jesus’ first followers, the apostle Paul often wrote that he prayed they would have deeper wisdom and understanding. We should pray the same thing for ourselves and others.
We need wisdom — true wisdom that comes from God, embodied in Jesus, revealed by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that we can confidently ask for it because God promises to give it.
Begin with a conversation starter, then use these warmup questions.
READ & REFLECT
Use one or more of these passages to see what scripture says about spending time in worship. You can also engage with the passage by copying out part of it, rewriting it as a prayer, rephrasing it as its opposite, summarizing it with a single word or phrase, making a list or chart of similar and dissimilar things, or turning it into something visual like a doodle, design, or flowchart.
JESUS' EXAMPLE: Read Luke 2:41-52 (Jesus in the temple at age 12)
Notice that Jesus was learning in different ways, from different people: being in the temple and hearing teachers, discussing things with religious teachers, asking questions of people who were older and wiser than him, listening to his parents, becoming more aware of his parents' POV and feelings. There are many sources of wisdom.
POSITIVE & NEGATIVE EXAMPLE: Read Matthew 7:24-27 (parable of the wise and foolish builder)
TEACHING PASSAGE: Read James 3:13-18 and Proverbs 1:1-7
SOME IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO SEEK AND GROW DEEPER WISDOM
MORE VERSES ABOUT DEEPER WISDOM (from NLT)
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. Ephesians 1:16-17
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. Philippians 1:9-10
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. Colossians 1:9-10
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