I had read about wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in the Bible but never given it much thought previously. All I knew was that God wanted me to have them. The more I read the Bible, the more I realized the meaning of these powerful words and that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. (I Corinthians 3:19) The best part is that there are amazing ways to benefit from having wisdom and knowledge.
You may already have a different definition of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, and now you are wondering why you need to know about this one. Well, I recommend that you embrace this wisdom, knowledge, and understanding because of the following reasons:
- Proverbs 19: 8 says, “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.” Your soul is that part of you that will still be there long after your body is gone—through death.
- Proverbs 18:15 says, “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
- Proverbs 4: 7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
Embracing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is the best thing you would ever do for your soul. There are also many more benefits when you do.
If you need more convincing on why you should embrace this wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, please read Proverbs, chapters 8 and 9. May the Holy Spirit guide you as you read.
What are wisdom, knowledge, and understanding?
Most verses in the Bible will bundle up wisdom, knowledge, and understanding because they work together. Therefore in some cases, we shall refer to all the three and in other instances only two, or one of them depending on the scripture reference. Please refer to the image below these scriptures for a summary.
- Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge….” More so, Proverbs 9: 10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
- Job 28: 28 says, “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding.’”
- Wisdom is understanding, as seen in Proverbs 8: 14, where wisdom says, “…I am understanding…”
- Where understanding is, there also you will find wisdom because wisdom rests in the heart of him that has understanding. (Proverbs 14:33). Proverbs 10:23 confirms this by saying, “…but a man of understanding has wisdom.”
- Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are Spirits. (Exodus 28:3; Isaiah 11: 2)
- Wisdom was there from the beginning. (Proverbs 8: 22-31)
- In wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, God founded the earth, established the heavens, broke up the depths, and clouds drop down the dew. (Proverbs 3:19) Ps 104:24 goes ahead to say, “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your processions.….”
- Jesus Christ is the power and wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” John 10:38. He also said, “…before Abraham was, I am.” ‘I AM’ is God’s name. (John 8:58). In John 14:10, Jesus tells us that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. The conclusion, therefore, is that Jesus Christ is God.
- Wisdom is priceless. (Job 28: 12-19).
- Wisdom is life (Proverbs 4:13; 8:35-36)
- Wisdom dwells in the heart of him that has understanding, according to Proverbs 14: 33. The Bible tells us to keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it spring the life issues. (Proverbs 4:23)
- Wisdom, being understanding, also dwells in the mind and heart as we learn from God’s conversation with Job in the book of Job 38:36.
- Wisdom is better than weapons of war. (Ecclesiastes 9:18)
- Wisdom is not only for the aged. (Job 32:9)
- “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)
Where do we get wisdom from?
Wisdom comes from God Almighty. Let’s look at a few scriptures that confirm that fact:
Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Wisdom belongs to God. “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.”(Job 12:13).
“… ‘Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.’” (Daniel 2:22)
Amazing benefits of having wisdom, knowledge, and understanding
Before we see how having wisdom, knowledge, and understanding will benefit you, let us look at how some people in the Bible already enjoyed these benefits.
Building the Tabernacle
In Exodus 35:30-35; 39:43 God called artisans and filled them with His Spirit, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of craft, to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of the creative craft. God also empowered the artisans to teach others how to do these beautiful works while building the Tabernacle.
Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it as God had commanded. And Moses blessed them.
Joshua had to step up and lead the children of Israel because Moses had died and the mourning period of thirty days had ended. Before Moses died, Joshua has been filled with the spirit of wisdom; therefore, the children of Israel listened to Joshua and did what the LORD had commanded Moses because of the spirit of wisdom imparted on him.
Joshua and the children of Israel had a smooth and peaceful transition. The children of Israel listened to Joshua and did as the LORD commanded Moses. (Deuteronomy 34:9)
We cannot even begin to discuss the wonders of King Solomon after God gave him wisdom and understanding in 1 Kings 3: 12. Queen Sheba, like many others, had heard of the fame of Solomon. So she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions.
Queen Sheba was amazed at what she heard and saw that there was no spirit in her. She could only worship God. (2 Chronicles 9:1-8)
2 Chronicles 9:23 says, “And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.”
God gives wisdom, and we see in Daniel 1:17-20 that the king found Daniel and his friends to have wisdom and understanding that were ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in his entire realm. As a result, Daniel and his friends found favor and did extraordinary things.
Paul was able to write several books in the Bible with the wisdom that God gave him. (2 Peter 3:15)
I hope with these few examples that you are eager to know the amazing benefits of having wisdom and knowledge in your life.
Amazing benefits of having wisdom and knowledge
When you embrace, promote, and exalt wisdom, you will get the amazing benefits of having wisdom and knowledge, which are:
- Honor— but before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)
- Your steps will not be hindered
- You will not stumble (Proverbs 4:8-13)
- Wisdom makes God’s word plain and right (Proverbs 8:9)
- Praise (Proverbs 12:8)
- Receive good advice (Proverbs 13:10)
- Wisdom helps you understand your way (Proverbs 14:8)
- Understanding what is right and just and fair—every good thing
- Knowing the fear of the LORD
- You will find the knowledge of God
- Discretion will protect you, and understanding will keep you to deliver you from the way of evil
- You will walk in the way of goodness and keep the paths of righteousness (Proverbs 2: 1-22)
- You will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones (Proverbs 3:8)
- Long life
- Enjoy peaceful paths (Proverbs 3: 13-18)
- Riches and honor; enduring wealth and prosperity (Proverbs 8: 18-21)
- Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)
- Will build, establish and fill a house with precious and beautiful treasures (Proverbs 24:3-4)
- You will have hope that cannot be cut off (Proverbs 24:14)
- Will bring joy to your father (Proverbs 29:3)
- Get mega-strength (Ecclesiastes 7:19)
- Wisdom will brighten your face and change its tough appearance (Ecclesiastes 8:1)
- Will use your words with restraint
- Be calm and even-tempered (Proverbs 17:27)
- Gain favor (Proverbs 13:15)
- You will walk uprightly (Proverbs 15:21)
How do you embrace understanding, wisdom, and knowledge?
- Shift from the wisdom of this world and believe in biblical wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. We saw earlier in this article that understanding is the knowledge of the Holy One. Jesus in John 17:3 said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Therefore, eternal life is the knowledge of God, the Holy One. In John 3:16, we are told, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We also saw that wisdom and understanding dwell in the heart and mind. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Jesus also said in John 14: 23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Wisdom is life. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:23 God’s word is truth. (John 17:17)
In light of all this knowledge of the Holy One, which is also understanding, we see that Wisdom is Jesus Christ, who is God.
To embrace wisdom, knowledge, and understanding is to accept and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Only then can you enjoy the amazing benefits of having wisdom and knowledge.
Check here for a detailed article on how you can begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. Alternatively, you could say the prayer at the end of this article then find guidance on what to do after saying the prayer from HERE.
- Pray and ask God for wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. ( James 1: 5-8; Proverbs 4: 5). You can find a suggested prayer HERE and also at the end of this article.
- Seek wisdom, understanding, and knowledge by searching the Bible. (Proverbs 2:1-5) Lucky for you, I have already picked up some scriptures that you can begin with as you continue to seek knowledge of the Holy One. I recommend that you read the complete chapters surrounding the verses discussed in this article for an in-depth understanding.
- Seek counsel from God-fearing people that already possess God’s wisdom. This may be your pastor or the Christians that you fellowship with. (Proverbs 13:10)
What to do when you find wisdom, knowledge, and understanding
To enjoy the amazing benefit from having wisdom and knowledge, once you have acquired them, you need to do the following:
- Have them constantly in your mind and heart. The Bible actually says to let them be an ornament to grace your neck. (Proverbs 3:21). Tip: find a cute necklace that you will always wear as a reminder to keep wisdom in your sight.
- Guard your heart. Keep your heart from getting hurt and from hurting others; from being defiled by sin; from being disturbed by trouble; keep out destructive emotions, thoughts, and intentions. A well-guarded heart will glorify God and edify others. Additionally, you will need to put away a deceitful mouth and focus straight on the path of goodness, avoiding evil. (Proverbs 4:20-27)
- Wisdom is the fear of the LORD; therefore, depart from all evil and do what God instructs you to do in the Bible. (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10) This means that you will need to study your Bible regularly to know what is expected of you.
- Proverbs 8: 13 says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” Leave your simple ways and walk in the way of understanding. (Proverbs 9: 6)
- James 3:13-18 says that if you are wise and understanding, you should show by good conduct that your works are done in the meekness of wisdom. Avoid envy and self-seeking in your hearts because these bring confusion and everything evil. Also, do not boast and lie against the truth. Jesus is the truth.
- Discipline and correct your children so that they too can get wisdom. (Proverbs 29:15)
Wisdom is God, and He desires for you to know and understand Him. No one gets to God the Father except through Jesus Christ. As promised, here is a suggested prayer for you to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ and obtain everlasting life:
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died for my sins and was resurrected from the dead. Therefore, forgive me of all my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Saviour. Please help me to live for you, Jesus, for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ mighty name, I have prayed, Amen.
If you’ve said the prayer asking Jesus to be your Lord and Saviour, congratulations! Please get in touch with me so I can celebrate with you.
Find guidance on how to proceed with your life in Jesus HERE.
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