What is Wisdom?

solomonWe’ve been discussing James’ references to wisdom in our Bible Study here in Lochboisdale. What is it? Here are our few brief thoughts…

  • wisdom is a gift from God (James 1:5)
  • wisdom is a task, something we do, not simply a theoretical thing (James 3:13)
  • the world has it’s own take on wisdom (James 3:15-16)

We can also say that wisdom is…

  • rooted in understanding the grand purpose of God in Jesus Christ – an extremely important point (Eph 1:17-19)
  • closely associated with understanding God’s creation (Prov 3:19)
  • to be taught and learned (Prov 1:7-8)
  • only truly possible through a relationship with God (Prov 1:7)

All of these things feed into the definition I was taught at my alma mater:

Wisdom is living well in God’s good, but fallen, world.

Wisdom is a neglected theme in the church. This may be because of its close ties to creation theology, itself a neglected area. There’s a lot more to say about wisdom and I hope to say more on this blog in time.

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