Understanding: A Biblical View
It is easy to locate "Intelligence" in the world of academics, science, industry, government and social status. The "smartest" among us tend to ascend to positions of authority and position. In the natural world intelligence can bring achievement and success. So let us look at the difference between Intelligence and wisdom. The Bible offers an enormous amount of information on the subject.
What is Intelligence: is intellectual capacity to acquire knowledge and information.
What is Wisdom: has within it the ability to foresee long term consequences of actions or decisions. As described in Proverbs by the wisest of men, wisdom has a measure of the divine in it. In Scripture we see that the Holy Spirit is the agent which imparts higher wisdom.
Solomon, the son of David, is said to have been the "wisest" of all men described in the Bible. He was gifted in knowledge and understanding but was especially graced by God to have great Wisdom. He is the author of the book of Proverbs and Ecclessiastes. Proverbs describes the attributes of Godly Wisdom and the book of Job gives a number of examples of worldly wisdom.
Proverbs 3:15 “She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.”
Psalm 49:3 “ -
My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart
How does one get wisdom?
WORLDLY WISDOM: Not Equivalent To Godly Wisdom
Brilliant and Clever individuals may rise to prominence and worldly success but often have no Godly understanding. Such individuals are often focused only on themselves. We have seen evidence of corruption and brutality which can accompany such acquisition of power and authority. Self exaltation was the motivation of Lucifer, the fallen cherub. Pride seems to be the adornment of those who made a mark for themselves in this world. There are some who seem to be "above the law" but in the end they will not escape the penalty of pride, corruption and greed.
wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a
good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
C. Pinkney 06-15-2020
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