“The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding with all that you have.”
One of the definition os “acquire” is: gain control of, possess. It’s not mere learning, as you can learn and learn, without ever coming to the knowledge of the truth. It’s more… it’s implication is more like: seeing its value and desiring it. Seeing the need for it out of our desperation. A driving desire to not merely “know” something, but to know it intimately, to the degree that it becomes a a part of my life that is my guiding light, my moral compass, my ability to choose rightly. I adopt the qualities of wisdom to live rightly.
It’s in line with our previous teaching, Values to Virtues. Our stated values need to line up with the way I live… when they do, they become my virtues. They become a part of who I am. I live in it, breath it, love it because it leads me to emotional and spiritual, and even physical well being.
Wisdom provides you with a precious commodity… discernment; keen judgement, objectivity, insight, acumen, (the ability to make decisions).
These are qualities people may desire and set out to merely “learn” them. You cannot. They are acquired. They are acquired through patience, humility, hunger, seeing a need for it, desiring it for the right, unselfish reasons, etc.
Finally, as the Living Bible states in Proverbs 9:10, “For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.”
Wisdom is born in the heart of God. Wisdom is always looking for just answers, direction, decisions. Very often these decisions involve other people. Loving other people enough to provide the most wise counsel, not our mere “opinions” of things. I tell people all the time, I cannot tell you what to do, I can present all the wisest options, and help you move into a place of choosing rightly. Without impulse, trauma, guilt, shame, or lies motivating us.
Exercising wisdom in a maturing, ever growing fashion, will give you peace. Proverbs 3: 17, 18 says this of wisdom.
“Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”