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The book of Proverbs has much to say about wisdom (and its opposite, folly). It tells us to ‘get wisdom, get understanding’ (Prov 4:5) and adds, ‘do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.’ (Prov 4:6) Wisdom is personified as being more profitable than silver, yielding better returns than gold and more precious than rubies (Prov 3:14-15) and most of us would acknowledge that wisdom (the ability to live well, not just to know things) is preferable to the alternatives!

The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that we are not to be wise in our own eyes (see Prov 9:10 , Prov 3:7). James continues this theme by comparing and contrasting earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom (James 3:13-18). We need God’s wisdom in so many situations (maybe more so than ever in these very strange times) and can only embrace this as we embrace the source of all wisdom. The more we nurture our relationship with God and learn to do as He says, the wiser we will become.