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“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: ‘To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it. Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true,

for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.’”

Proverbs 8:1-11

We are born with our intellect. We have the amazing God given ability to study, learn, memorize, grow our mental capacity, and we can greatly increase our knowledge by what we learn. In school, our education grows with each passing year. We add concepts and precepts and information as we age. And then hopefully, even after our school days are done, we have the desire to continue learning and we become life-long learners. It is a satisfying endeavor.

But knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is something far greater. It doesn’t rely on intellect or intelligence. Our ability to learn doesn’t define our ability to gain wisdom.

Proverbs 9:10 defines wisdom for us. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

All of our learning and knowledge pales in comparison to wisdom, because wisdom comes from knowing the Lord. When we set our souls on knowing Him, when we fill our minds with His Word and focus our hearts on becoming like our loving Father, we begin the journey of attaining wisdom and there is no end to its depth.

Father, thank You for the ability to learn. Thank You that I can attain knowledge. But more than any of that, thank You that I can know You.

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