Wisdom does what wizdumb cannot. Here are some things, from Proverbs 24, that wisdom does:
Builds (see verse 3): Wisdom has the innate desire to build and build up. Solomon the Wise built the glorious temple and other structures. He built a glorious kingdom which left the Queen of Sheba breathless.
Jesus, the wisdom of God made flesh, is building a glorious Church. The apostles built on the faith once and for all delivered to the saints. We marvel at great structures and respect those who build them. Building reflects wisdom. We are known by what we build.
Establishes (see verse 3): Good builders build with lasting values and methods; they build for future generations. The great structures endure for centuries, even millennia. Their work endures the ravages of time and lasts beyond the winds and fads of a particular generation. Durability is a true mark of wisdom.
Obtains (see verse 4): Wise people acquire the knowledge to obtain and manage resources. We admire and sometimes envy those who obtain wealth” if honestly gotten. Jacob’s son Joseph and Solomon are prime examples of wisdom’s power to obtain.
Most people desire to obtain, but lack the wisdom to do so. One should seek wisdom before resources. And the source of wisdom is God and His Word (see James 1:5).
Strengthens: Wisdom is better than muscle power. It arms itself with good counsel and sound strategy. Conflict is inevitable but wisdom assures success. The Bible gives us numerous examples of conflict both won and lost. Power without wisdom is a recipe for failure. The USA and the former USSR both provide examples of power used without wisdom. Power is no guarantee.
Wisdom not only strengthens those who possess it, but causes them to strengthen others. Their words “edify” (build up) others and draw admiration. The power of life is in their tongue.
Silence (see verse 7): Wisdom knows when to be quiet. Foolishness does not. An important time to be quiet is in the presence of elders or those “who sit in the gate.” In the presence of superior knowledge and experience, a wise person will speak only when spoken to. They will draw from the deeper well.
There was a time when it was said, “Children are seen and not heard.” That day is past. Now children are the center of attention. They are encouraged to show off and be cute. The tragedy is that they miss the opportunity to learn wisdom. Too many of us have the “gift of speech” but need the “gift of silence” (see Isaiah 3).
Get It! (See Proverbs 8)
I have mentioned just five attributes of wisdom. There are many more. Wisdom is the principle and priceless issue of life. It is knowing that no matter how much we know; we don’t know all there is to know about anything (see 1 Corinthians 8:1).
Wisdom was in the beginning with God and reflected the macro and micro of His intricate creation. And, the awe of God is where wisdom begins with us. It is better than gold, silver, knowledge, or power. It is incomparable. “Wizdumb” is costly; wisdom is free and priceless. It cries out to us at every intersection and decision. It pleads for us to listen.
If I could guarantee a way to wealth, I could charge large sums and become wealthy myself. But I can offer something better, and it is free wisdom. Here’s how you can find wisdom: Ask God, read His Word, and associate with wise people, accept correction, learn from mistakes, observe successful people, honor parents and leaders, and don’t quit.
Of course, we must forgive foolishness, or we will not be forgiven. However, forgiving others or ourselves is not enough – we must learn wisdom. We live in a very unforgiving world. Wisdom saves lives, reputations, money, and redeems those who fail. Better yet, it prevents the problems that consume so much of our time and resources.