Where’s Wisdom?

Quick Recap

  • The bible tells us that wisdom is a bit like hidden treasure.  In fact it’s even more valuable than silver, gold or precious jewels.


But what exactly is wisdom?  And how on earth do you get it?

Well, the first thing to understand, is that being wise is not quite the same thing as being clever.  Take Fred for instance…

Fred knows everything there is to know about traffic lights.  He knows exactly how all the wires inside them connect together.  He even wrote the computer programme that causes them to change at the right time and in the right sequence.   But the strange thing is, although Fred knows an awful lot about how traffic lights work, he doesn’t really pay much attention to them when he’s driving around town.  A few weeks ago he was caught on CCTV speeding dangerously through a red light.  And another time, when the lights were green, Fred remained stationary in the middle of a junction, reading the newspaper and eating a tuna sandwich!   You see, Fred might be very clever, but he isn’t very wise!

Okay so it’s just a silly story – but you get the point.  Wisdom is so much more than just knowing lots of stuff.

Look at these quotes  by famous people about wisdom:

The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing – Socrates

It is impossible to love and to be wise – Francis Bacon

Any fool can know.  The point is to understand – Albert Einstein

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself – Rumi

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom – Socrates


What do YOU think?

Do you think any of the above quotes are true, or have elements of truth?  Why or why not?

What do you think is the best way to obtain wisdom?

  1. a) Read a page of an Encyclopaedia every single day.
  2. b) Visit as many museums as you can in a year.
  3. c) Stop trying!  Just relax and enjoy life.  You’ll learn from your mistakes!
  4. d) Lie in the bath and wait for a Eureka moment!
  5. e) Travel the world, find the oldest, most wrinkly people alive, and ask them to tell you everything they’ve learned about life.


Look it Up!

The bible tells us that wisdom is not hidden in a place or in a set of ideas.  In fact, it’s found in a person.   The answer can be found in Colossians 2:3. Find the answer and fill in the blank.


In _____________, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Colossians 2:3

So if we want to find wisdom, first we need to get to know Jesus!  All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him!

The wisdom of God is:

  • Infinite – Psalm 147:5
  • Beyond measure or comprehension – Romans 11:33
  • Superior to Human Wisdom – Isaiah 55:8-9


Read It!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding – Proverbs 9:10


Dig Deeper

Read Proverbs 8: 22-31

This passage is thought by many biblical scholars to present a picture of Christ, who is wisdom personified – not just of the characteristics of wisdom.



True wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus Christ



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