What is real wisdom and how do we come by it? I pondered that question yesterday morning and posted my comments on my Facebook Author Page but, after having read it, decided it was worth sharing on my website blog as well. Wisdom is important, but real wisdom adds such a great extra dimension that it can guide us to doing things and making decisions that we'd likely not make without looking deeply at the subject. Hopefully, these comments might help others as they have me, for real wisdom opens us up to a new way of looking at success and accomplishment in life. It can help us far surpass any such achievements.
Many of us think of real wisdom as being the product of a good education and the experience we have gained with that education to make us wise in the things we do and how we do them. And there is some truth to that, but if we leave it to mere earthly things we are only getting a small part of it, for real wisdom takes earthly wisdom and adds to it spiritual wisdom which can only be gained through our fellowship with our Lord. To gain that fellowship we must believe in Him by faith and listen to what He tells us, for since He is all wise, all powerful and all knowing, He adds real truth on a heavenly scale to the much lesser wisdom of man.
If we limit ourselves to the influence of man, we are limiting ourselves to knowledge that is not all knowing and is highly inferior. For example, take an engineer who has studied extensively and has great earthly experience and uses it to build grand and large buildings that he knows in his earthly experience to be indestructible. Yet, like the story of the Titanic which sank, his building has huge shortfalls in grand disasters which always strike this earth, often with no knowledge they are coming. Had he gained God's wisdom to go with his earthly knowledge first, he likely would have constructed a grand and indestructible building that met God's specifications, not the specifications of mortal man who wanted to make not just a fair profit, but to get rich from that one project. When we see ourselves equal to or even wiser than God, bad things happen.
Being a mere mortal myself, I know the weaknesses that I hold just like that engineer, but I do try to open myself to God in a conversation of what I should do in all things. The more we do that, the better we become for we are gaining from His eternal wisdom that will never fail us. And I also know that there is no better place to seek His guidance and direction on such matters than by taking a long walk at sunrise along the Atlantic shore and talking with Him, for He always listens. And while He might not answer my questions on the spot, He always provides something later which tells me what I want to know. It can be quickly received or considerably later, but He does answer as long as my question was sincere. Try it, you might be amazed at how wise over time you may become.