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I think the internet can show you how to do most anything. Of course, it may not show you the right way to do it! Take gaining wisdom. The wikihow website says “Wisdom is a virtue that isn’t innate, but can only be acquired through experience. Anyone who is interested in trying new things and reflecting on the process has the ability to gain wisdom.”1 Of course, they miss the most important means of gaining wisdom. I guess we should have asked a wise person!
Would that be Confucius? He once said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”2 There is some truth to what he said, especially about learning through experience. We call it the “school of hard knocks.” But Confucius wasn’t that wise either! He missed the best way to acquire wisdom.
Listen to these words from Proverbs 1:1-3, “The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.”(NIV)
This week the podcast will focus on the book of Proverbs and some of its teaching about wisdom. Notice these proverbs help us attain wisdom. We’ll also understand what it is and the benefits it provides.
1. Samantha Fox, “How to Gain Wisdom,” wikiHow, last updated September 3, 2021, https://www.wikihow.com/Gain-Wisdom.
2. “Wisdom Quotes,” goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wisdom.
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