"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" Proverbs 4:7. The wise man, Solomon, is known for saying much about wisdom. What a difference there is between knowledge and wisdom! One may be very intelligent with a head full of knowledge, but if wisdom is lacking, the results can be disastrous. Some think of wisdom as common sense or good judgment. While these are seen in one with wisdom, it is more than this.
Because Job is believed by many Bible scholars to be the first book written, it is conceivable that Solomon, in his own quest for wisdom, read Job's story. "But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof" Job 28:12-15. Job goes on to express that there is nothing that compares in value to wisdom, yet, it is beyond us to find it. The good news is "God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof" verse 23. He won't leave us in the dark on this vital subject. If it's the "principal thing" that we must get, we can know that our needed help is in Him. In Job 28:28 God shares with us that in which true wisdom and understanding consist. "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."
A study on "the fear of the Lord" shows the term to be used of those who are obedient to the Lord – who walk in His revealed will. An example is Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Could it be that wisdom's full potential will be lacking in us any time we choose to ignore God's known will? Stated in the positive, we can know that as we live in the light of God's Word -- that is wisdom.
Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church