Scott Postma

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Want for Wisdom

Solomon showed us wisdom is more valuable than great wealth, sweeter than good wine, more desirable than beautiful women, and more satisfying than wonderful works. But all of that is futile until we know what wisdom is and how to get it.

According to one reliable source, “Wisdom is a capacity of the mind [that] involves both knowledge and the ability to direct the mind toward a full understanding of human life and toward its moral fulfillment.”1

According to Solomon, getting wisdom starts with fearing God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7, NRSV)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”” (Proverbs 4:7–9, NRSV)

1Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 2149.

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