The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance (Benjamin Franklin).
Prov 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I know young people who are wise and old people who are fools. Wisdom does not come with old age. How much wiser have you become the last month? How much did your judgement on important matters improve in recent years? Foolishness flows in our veins. We bump our heads, but we do not really change.
Well, that is not the whole truth if we follow the advice of the poet. We can have many degrees, diplomas and other qualifications and be very intelligent. We can have a vision for the future and make good economic and political predictions. We can be very successful in our profession. This does not mean that we have wisdom. We can be smarter, but never grow in wisdom.
What is wisdom? Yesterday we saw that wisdom is lived daily. We focus on what is fair, equitable and transparent. It teaches us to act with prudence and discretion (4, 5). An Old Testament theologian, Dyrness, said that the sacrifices and feasts of Israel were manners of worship in the temple. Wisdom is worship in everyday life. Wisdom is to live in God's sight. It means to realise that everything we do and say are open before God. It is to live for God in all our relationships, in our work and in what we believe.
Where do you learn this kind of wisdom? What is its source? It starts when your ears are near the mouth of God (1:7; 2:6; Job 28:28; Micah 6: 9). So if you lack wisdom, ask the Lord and He will give it to you (James 1:5). He does it willingly. At his feet and in his service, we shall learn wisdom (15:33). Wisdom is not something we just automatically have. It is something that only God can give.
Lord, teach us to number our days aright so that we may gain wisdom, by the power of your Spirit. Amen.