Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When He established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when He made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then He looked at wisdom and appraised it; He confirmed it and tested it. And He said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord — that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” – Job 28:20-28
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. – Proverbs 21:30
Much wisdom is needed to navigate the perils of the world in which we live. Given the availability of information (too much or too little depending on governmental control), discerning what is best in any given situation becomes increasingly difficult to determine. Often, the choice isn’t between good or bad, but rather good and better or bad and worse! If only there was a path to understanding.
There is. The way of wisdom is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is the truth and apart from Him, we cannot know it. If a person encounters this Jesus, the historical, risen Savior, and believes in Him, then he or she obtains (in fact is indwelt by) the Spirit of God Himself. The Holy Spirit then teaches His truth and makes us truly wise in every endeavor. In fact, all “pretenders” are soon vanquished when they come against God’s transcendent wisdom, understanding, and counsel.
It is essential that we understand that as children of God, any wisdom, understanding, and counsel must originate with Him or it is truly useless. No matter the means by which knowledge is gained (experience, teaching, counsel, etc.) it must be checked by the overarching truth of an omniscient Creator.
Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty. Acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours. – J.I. Packer