***O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.” (11:2-3), and “Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom.” (28:29). ***
But what is wisdom?
What does it look like? What all is involved?
Knowledge and correct application of that knowledge to practical situations. Instinct? Intuition?
Merriam-Webster starts with:
Knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life
The natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand
Knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgment
a: accumulated philosophic or scientific learning : knowledge
b: ability to discern inner qualities and relationships : insight
c: good sense : judgment
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”
What are those deeds?
I am hoping to compile some Biblical examples of wisdom. One that comes to mind is:
Jesus and the coin:
Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
Wisdom is preparing for the future:
The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
Wisodm is hearing the words of the lord and putting them into practice:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.