Wisdom: noun-The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action;sagacity, discernment, or insight. Scholarly knowledge or learning.
Discernment: noun-The faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
There are pages and pages of the Bible dedicated to these two ideas. But probably the most well-known is the book of Proverbs. (Which was written by the wisest man in the world, king Solomon.) And if you think about it, a little of the wisdom from the wisest man who ever lived, is a lot of wisdom to use!
As you read through this book, Solomon tells us over and over again, to strive for wisdom and hold to discernment.
Prov. 3:21- My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
Prov. 8:12- “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion..."
As Christians, we should strive for godly wisdom and discernment. This comes through prayer and study. But it also comes from our authorities. (Solomon also repeatedly tells us to hear what our mothers and fathers have to say.)
Prov. 5:1-2 My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
Prov. 6:1-2 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.
This is some of what God has shown me of late. (At youth camp, this stuff hit me like a ton of bricks! That's when I got really stuck on these two ideas.)
Wisdom and discernment are two things we should not be without. But it is two of the things that have been somewhat lacking in this generation.
I am praying for wisdom and discernment on my part, so I can be an example to others. I hope you pray the same.
Your sister in Christ,