I read an especially challenging statement this week: “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.”* We live obviously in the Information Age, but I’m somewhat doubtful if our times will be referred to as the wisest of eras. Consider, for example, that with the simple flexing of our thumbs we can find information pertaining to almost any kind of data around the world within nanoseconds. Yet, some of the higher things of God can never be tracked by GPS or found on a Google search.
Fortunately, the Bible tells us how to quench our thirst for wisdom. Out of many passages on wisdom, two major Bible verses immediately come to mind. First, the sages who wrote Proverbs said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV). The fear of the Lord is not being spooked by God. Rather, it’s holding God in the deepest reverence and awe. In other words, when we start from a place of respecting God, we will find wisdom.
Second, the Apostle James wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5, NIV). This is a promise of the Bible on which we can rely. True wisdom is not found just through processing information. Wisdom is a gift from God for the asking.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine was asked to lead in prayer for a group meeting. Before closing his eyes and speaking, he looked seriously at all of us and said: “Let’s remember who we’re talking to.” When he said that, you could have heard a pin drop. That’s wisdom. Let’s go out this week and do like-wise.
*Quote by Edward O. Wilson