I’ve spent a great deal of time pondering the subject of wisdom. I’m a person of average intellect, there’s really nothing stellar in my background. It often takes time for me to understand complex subjects, and if it gets real technical, well then forget it. Don’t try to engage me in the discussion of quantum physics, rocket science (even though I worked at NASA in communications, it was often too complex for me to understand), electromagnetics, neuroscience, and the like. Give me up to about 30 seconds on each of these subjects and my eyes will glaze right over!
So, I am rightly in awe of someone who possesses great intellect – and even more so if said person has common sense coupled with their intellect. I have a step-son who is very intelligent and he possesses a good deal of common sense also. It doesn’t take him long to understand and retain complex subjects – perhaps that’s why he has a PhD in inorganic chemistry. Me, well my college degree is in Business Administration, with a major of marketing. I worked my behind off to get my degree – 12 years of part-time schooling while I worked full-time. And, if the average person put 2 hours a week studying for one of their classes, I spend at least double the amount of time. Furthermore, I’ve forgotten quite a bit of what I learned in College – you know the saying “You don’t use it you lose it,” well, that’s me.
Perhaps that’s why I’ve gravitated to certain Bible verses:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5, ESV)
“Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (1 Kings 3:9, ESV)
“For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy,” (Ecclesiastes 2:26a, ESV)
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,” (Proverbs 3:13, ESV)
Now, I know that I am who God designed me to be, with my average intellect and everything else. He’s blessed me with spiritual gifts, and I am thankful for them. That however doesn’t stop me from requesting that God provide me with more wisdom. Not that I want to take that wisdom and lord it over others, but to more mirror the wise and discerning mind that God gave to Solomon (even if it was just a sliver of what God gave to Solomon).
What would I do with that wisdom? Well, I would first and foremost take that wisdom and apply it to communicating about God and His great love for us through my blog. God’s granted me so many life experiences (both marvelous and devastating in nature) and with increased knowledge and wisdom I would better be able to communicate about those life lessons. Second, I would humbly apply that wisdom and knowledge when interacting with my family, loved ones, friends, and strangers.
However, I definitely would not want to become the center of attention with lots people coming to me to solve their problems. I think that would be a burden for sure. Maybe that’s why God has limited my wisdom to the amount that I have now?
If God increased your wisdom and knowledge, what would you do with it?