“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Dissected & Defined
Wisdom means having a skill in living. Principal means the most important. Understanding is knowledge applied.
In Proverbs 1, we saw three keys words: Instruction, Knowledge, and Understanding. Each one has a distinct meaning that evolves into wisdom (life skills).
Let’s look at how you progress in these four stages. Instruction is simple information received. When someone gives you information and you receive it, it is instruction. Instruction accepted becomes knowledge. You know it when you accept it as reality and with intention of using it whenever necessary. Finally, we see our word understanding. It is knowledge applied. When you apply what you know, then you are proving that you understand it.
Increasing in Life Skills
This process leads to real life skills, otherwise known as wisdom. In review, we receive instruction, accept it into our knowledge database, and apply it in an understanding way and then we are expressing wisdom in life.
This process is true in not only the wisdom necessary to be skillful in this life, but more importantly, to gain wisdom in the things of God.
In the New Testament, we learn we should not live our lives in our power, but in Christ’s power (Gal. 2:20). We know Christ already has the wisdom to live life, so we must experience understanding of the Christ-like life. To do this we must have knowledge of Him, not only about Him…but of Him! This comes from solid instruction and promptings of your inner teacher—The Holy Spirit.
Thus, to be wise in Christ, we allow the Spirit to instruct us (Ps. 32:8). We, then accept His leading and yield to it in our soul. This shows we not only know Him but we understand Him, as well. Now, that’s a wise guy!
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