The Pursuit of Wisdom

Today’s Hot Drink of Choice: The house special from my favorite place to grab a cup of coffee: Everyday Gourmet

Today’s Scripture: Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. – Proverbs 1:7

I’ve taken a bit of a media break the past couple of weeks. My husband and I have been trying to focus on important priorities, so my time online has been much less than normal. I love communicating with people and encouraging them, and I’m enjoying again being intentional about social media and blogging this week.

In the midst of our refocusing, my family and I have been honing in on living from a place of wisdom instead of a place of want. We are doing this because we continue to have amazing opportunities and need to make sure we keep managing our lives at a place where we thrive. Our personal pursuit ties to where I’ll be going with my blog posts in the next couple of months. I’ve been focusing on leadership lately. I’d now like to now shift my attention a bit to the attribute of wisdom, which is the number one quality I see as necessary and needed as a leader. I have met so many people gifted in leadership in the past few years who fail themselves and those they lead because of a lack of wisdom. Low levels of wisdom can often lead to poor discernment in how to best run an operation, frustration, and unfulfilled potential. Admittedly, I don’t have it all figured out myself, but I would like to share what I can with you as I dig deeper in my own pursuit of wisdom. I want to start off by defining wisdom. I’ll use several quotes from the material I’m pouring through at the moment to do so. You can keep up with what I’m reading on Goodreads.

Wisdom Defined

1. Wisdom is rare. One of the main reasons is because humanity is more prone to suspicion than trust. I believe that trust in God, personal abilities, and those you lead is essential to moving forward in leadership.

“And oft though wisdom wake, suspicion sleeps
At wisdom’s gate, and to simplicity
Resigns her charge….”
Paradise Lost, Book III

2. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, wisdom is the “ability to discern inner qualities and relationships.” I often see this as the weakest attribute of those attempting to lead well. The inability to correctly evaluate personal internal motives and the internal motives of others will lead to a poor track record and distrust within any discerning audience. In her book Unglued, New York Times bestselling author and co-leader of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst makes the following point: “Oh, how corrupted motives can really make me come unglued. By motives, I mean my desires– the feelings that drive me to act, react, and live the way I live. Mostly I’m a good person with good motives, but not always. Not when I just want life to be a little more about me or about making sure I look good. That’s when my motives become corrupted.”

3. Wisdom means having good judgment based in the obvious truth of a situation.

“Fear hath many eyes; and I can at present behold things that are hid within the bowels of the earth; much more those that appear in the firmament above: a man of sound judgment, like me, can easily foretell, that it will soon be day.”
– Sancho in Don Quixote during one of his moments of wisdom (though he also has moments of foolishness)

4. Wisdom means speaking truth and not relying on hearsay. To speak truth you must know truth.

“If we want truth to guard our hearts and minds, we have to immerse ourselves in truth. We do that by opening God’s Word and letting God’s Word open us.”
– Lysa TerKeurst in Unglued

5. Wisdom includes the accumulation of knowledge. It’s important to be informed as a leader. As we read in Proverbs 1:5 in the Bible: “A wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance….”

I’d love to hear from you if you have anything else to add regarding the definition of wisdom, especially quotes! Please leave a comment.

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4 thoughts on “The Pursuit of Wisdom

  1. Great post Suzanne! I look forward to reading about wisdom over the coming months! I will admit that I think wisdom is something I lack. So I look forward to learning about it! Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings!
    Kristen

  2. What a wonderful topic, Suzanne!

    This past weekend I taught on this very subject when I spoke at a women’s conference in Mississippi. The word “Wisdom” derives from the Hebrew word “Hokmah”. It generally refers to a person’s technical skills or special abilities. However, another meaning is “the knowledge and ability to make right choices at the opportune time.”

    Some of my favorite verses are:

    Jeremiah 10:12 says, God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His Wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.

    Romans 11:33 says, Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.

    Proverbs 3:19-20 says, By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundation, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.

    Blessings to you today,

    Wendy

    • I love it, Wendy! Thank you for breaking down the Hebrew for us a bit! I’ve always loved your heart to dig deeper into what’s behind a concept! I’ve been seeing a lot of exploration of the attribute of wisdom among many different Christian teachers lately, and I’m so glad. We live in a time when we need to live with wisdom! 🙂

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