The Bible says that wisdom is the principal thing; it is the main thing! You have all the learning, formal and informal. You have acquired much knowledge. You have the training to excel at what you do, you do not seem to lack anything and are probably doing well in life. Is there any person somewhere who says you still lack something?
Well, the Bible says wisdom is the most important thing. To put your knowledge, your learning, skills, and life experiences to work, you certainly will need wisdom. Wisdom will be reflected in the decisions you make, in the associations you keep, in how you relate to and with others. Indeed, the total flow of a person’s life can show to us the level of wisdom available to the person and at use by that individual. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” –Proverbs 4:7 (KJV). By this Bible verse, we understand that the wisdom that works is one that seeks knowledge and understanding. In other words, the wisdom that uses facts and truth to justify its position is the most important thing. This is the kind of wisdom that will stop those operating in society from jumping to conclusions based on blind loyalty to others for example, because they will be informed by truth and facts.
To help us understand how this wisdom should work, Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” In other words, ‘the fear of the Lord,’ meaning the acknowledgment of God, His ways and His truth which all give us knowledge and understanding of who he is prepare the human mind to live and act by wisdom. Contrast this with ‘fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ That means these ones are not actual people of wisdom even though they can be wise in their own eyes, as is most often the case. God’s Word admonishes us to turn away from this kind of wisdom which leans on our own understanding to navigate the world–Proverbs 3:5-6. And is the parent of division, sectionalism, hatred, envy, and everything else which acts contrary to God’s ways. “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” –James 3:16.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive (to God’s ways), full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” –James 3:17. GET THIS !