Automatically what comes to mind when we hear these words is love. Surely, love is what the world needs now. However, there is something foundational needed along with having unconditional love for humanity … we need wisdom.
Wisdom is both the discernment to know what is best and the strength of character to act upon that knowledge. Solomon asked for and received great wisdom from God, but it was up to him to apply that wisdom to all areas of his life. He was obviously wise in governing the nation of Israel, but foolish in running his household.
We can relate to the imbalance of Solomon’s application of wisdom because, if we are truthful, we do the same thing. We pick and choose what we will act upon in wisdom and what we will not. If it does not stir up controversy or cause us to be judged by others then the application of wisdom becomes the guideline.
Having wisdom is one thing. Having the strength of character to act upon that knowledge with application to all areas of our lives—-well, that’s quite another.
It would be such a waste of time, for example, if you and I were to spend the time acquiring, understanding, and sharing our wisdom with others, and yet, not apply it to our day to day living. In essence, we will be like Solomon choosing to apply his wisdom discriminately.
Call to Action
Let us not just be wise when it is comfortable. Let our wisdom be the common thread allowing us to take a stand when everyone else prefers to sit idly by. Let our wisdom come into action when we constantly try to define ourselves through external means. Let our wisdom come to the fore front when we chose to ignore injustice, oppression and exploitation of others. Finally, let us use our wisdom with the belief that we can make a difference in this world, so we can do what others claim cannot be done.
This holiday season ask for the gift of wisdom; a gift that will have an immeasurable affect on your life and the lives of others.
I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on how wisdom applies to your life? Please send me a comment below or on my Facebook page.