Wisdom = Competence & Confidence
Maintain [your] competence and discretion. My son, don’t lose sight of them. They will be life for you and adornment for your neck. Then you will go safely on your way; your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant. Don’t fear sudden danger or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
Prov 3:21-26 (HCSB)
Those who are truly wise share common traits; you are competent and confident in all you think, say or do in life. Being competent comes from not only knowing everything one should know about any particular discipline, but also wisdom means you know how properly and rightly to utilize the knowledge you have. Seeking God’s gift of wisdom means you want more than just head knowledge but the proper understanding to apply our knowledge in the practical, everyday relationships and situations in life for everyone’s benefit, not just one’s self.
Further, competence entails more than knowing how to do something properly but also knowing the right manner, the right time, and the right purpose for the why and when decisions that impact others in our life. A wise person always considers the implications of their choices as they may impact the lives of others. When God’s wisdom is the filter, relationships are more important than revelations of knowledge.
Finally, one who has sought the wisdom that comes from God has an unshakable confidence about his or her life. Not only does a wise person know how, why, and when to use their knowledge but they also have the confidence to use their knowledge, even when it may be difficult or even dangerous to do so. When God is the source of one’s wisdom there is no fear or reservation in using their wisdom for the right purposes in the right manner, according to God’s will and ways. There will be times that God uses the wise to be his agents to challenge the wrongs in this world, and that can come with a price, but when a person has competence and confidence, he is a formidable force because a wise person knows the source of their wisdom is from God. There is nothing that a truly wise person cannot handle because it is God who guides and directs all that person chooses to do.
Is this the kind of person you desire to be? First, seek to pursue with all your heart, soul and mind God’s will, way, and wisdom every day. As you invest yourself in this quest you will discover you are becoming more and more competent and confident as you mature more like Christ. In dealing with the issues in our crazy life, Christ shared the beginning of wisdom begins when we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the other things in life will be given to you.” The fears and anxieties cast shadows along our path but we should not allow those shadows to overcome our lives. Seek God first, and he will reveal that beyond the shadows his wisdom will be revealed.
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? …you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matt 6:25-34 (HCSB)