Here in Kyiv, as with universities around the world, we are in the midst of mid-semester craziness. Schedules are packed, everyone is tired, and most of us are longing to see the icy fingers of winter retreat.
My first greeting this morning was sunlight streaming through the curtains, a wonderful way to awaken. Though don’t be fooled, it is still in the 20s FÂ outside and tonight it is supposed to snow again. Baby steps to spring I suppose.
Between English clubs, camp planning, event planning, hang outs and the normal day-to-day life, one of my favorite times of the week is a one-on-one Bible study on the book of Proverbs with one of the students.
This past week we were looking at Proverbs 4 and among trying to figure out exactly what is our heart that can hold on to words and needs to be guarded, we had a lot of fun with one verse, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.” (Prov. 4:7)
The beginning of wisdom is to have a desire for wisdom, to recognize that you are in need of wisdom and to go searching for her. In some ways it seems to be this circle, you need wisdom to know that you need wisdom.
Proverbs is filled with all these words that are similar, yet distinct: wisdom, knowledge, understanding, insight, etc. For example, insight is the ability to see to the true nature of something. There is a measure of understanding that comes with insight, but it isn’t all that understanding is.
Often knowledge and wisdom seem to get confused or lumped together in our world, but there are a lot of people that have great knowledge and skills but have very little wisdom. I think wisdom is when you can use what you know and understand in a way cuts to the heart of a matter and appropriately handles a situation. Sometimes mere knowledge only brings confusion, but wisdom begins with an appropriate fear of God and seeking Him, listening to Him, and acting on what He says.
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.” (Prov. 4: 7 NIV)
“Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom.” (Prov 4:7 MSG)
May each of us seek after and listen to wisdom. Is there something you need wisdom for today? I’d love to know how to pray for you.