Wisdom verses Knowledge

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding”

Proverbs 3:13

A young man at the grocery store flower shop was taking an unusually long time to place his order. When the clerk asked how she could help, he explained that his girlfriend was turning 19 and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or 19 roses, one for each year of her life.

The woman working behind the counter put aside her business judgment for a moment and advised the young man when she said, "She may be your 19-year-old girlfriend now, but someday she could be your 50-year-old wife." The young man smiled and said, “I’ll take a dozen roses.”

Most would probably agree that this young man exercised wisdom when he heeded the counsel of the clerk. Remember, '“knowledge" is the accumulation of facts, "wisdom" is the application of facts. Happy was the young man who sought council and then acted upon it.  

Is there an area of your life where you need wisdom today, a tough decision that you need to make but you lack knowledge? Turn to God, look to your Bible and find page after page of life experiences to study and to grow from. Scripture that the glory of older men is their wisdom and of young men its their strength. In other words we need each other. Younger people do well to seek out the counsel of the elderly who have decades of life experience to draw from. My dad use to tell me frequently, “You don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself, you can listen to me and learn from mine.” You can save yourself a lot of hurt and heartache by seeking out and gaining knowledge from those who have wisdom, those who have learned how to apply successfully what they have come to know.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Matthew 7:7–11


Michael Osthimer





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