From Creation to Revelation, there are many facets to God’s character. Only after reading cover to cover multiple times do we begin to glean a more complete picture. Much like we learn in our human relationships, we discover more about God when we invest time with Him. A more complete picture, however, will never amount to a full understanding. He is beyond human comprehension (1 Corinthians 2:16).
From what we do know as Christians, similar to humans, there are layers to God’s character. Certain traits resonate with us, while other traits do not. When you consider the totality of His character, which trait stands out to you the most? God as a loving father? God as a forgiving deity? Or God as something else? One quality that resonates with many is the wisdom of God.
We witness the Lord’s wisdom throughout all of Scripture. He instructs believers on how to carry out His will. God gives insight to those seeking direction. People are delivered from harm thanks to the Lord’s wisdom. What exactly is wisdom, in the biblical sense? And what does it mean that God is wise?
The Bible says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Clearly, there are plenty of insightful lessons to be found in the Bible. This verse in itself speaks to the wisdom of God and thankfully, that knowledge can dwell within us. With a deeper dive into God’s Word, we can better understand His wisdom and how that can proliferate our own lives.
What Does the Bible Say about Wisdom?
Would you consider yourself wise or a fool? What would other people estimate about you? Scripture speaks plenty about wisdom, and multiple times portrays the wise in direct contrast with the foolish. There are plenty of examples found in the Book of Proverbs.
- “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son, heartache to his mother.” (Proverbs 10:1)
- “A wise heart accepts commands, but foolish lips will be destroyed.” (Proverbs 10:8)
- “A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15)
In our lives, we too have to choose: wisdom or folly. The Bible clearly wants us to pick the former. There are benefits to being wise. God has a desire for us to claim these benefits, and in the process, strengthen our relationship with Him. Why is wisdom so essential?
Proverbs provides an answer. Scripture defines wisdom as a fear of the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7)
By biblical standards, wise people follow God. And if someone follows God, they believe in Him. We then surmise that wise people have faith in the Lord. Foolish people do not, and they, therefore, do not follow His teachings. This does not mean only wise people follow God, but rather following God is in itself wise.
There are blessings that come with wisdom. Proverbs makes clear the benefits wisdom has in families, and in our relationship with God. By looking at our natural world, we can easily discern more positive outcomes. Wisdom leads to stronger and healthier relationships, better job performance, deeper conversations, and more. If we want to be wiser, all we need to do is follow the actions of whom the Bible considers to be wise.
There are biblical figures too we can look at as examples of wisdom. Jesus, Solomon, Paul, are but a few. Wisdom in their lives produced fruits or outcomes. Jesus led an indelible three-year ministry. Solomon was one of the wisest men to ever walk the Earth. Paul’s transformation from persecutor to Christ-follower continues to influence churches today. The effects of wisdom are different in our lives, but there is always an effect. Godly wisdom produces godly results.
What Is the Difference between God’s Wisdom and Man’s Wisdom?
Man’s wisdom is flawed by sin.
Solomon was one of history’s wisest men, but that did not stop him from sinning. Wisdom is a fear of the Lord, but Solomon still struggled to follow God in all walks of life. The same is true about us, There are areas in our life where wisdom is apparent to any who look. However, there are other areas of our lives where we could exercise more discernment, and more closely God’s precepts.