Wisdom. A virtue many desire to obtain. But did you know that with wisdom there are package deals?
I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion. (Proverbs 8:12 NIV)
Prudence comes with wisdom. Isn’t prudence when someone wears their shirts all the way up to the chin and their skirts past their ankles? No. Webster states that prudence is “the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason”. When you obtain wisdom, you also get self-control and do it logically. Wow! That would be something to have. Who do you know possesses prudence? I’m having trouble with that myself.
There is more to this package. You get knowledge. You might not be able to quote the entire encyclopedia, but you will know practical, life-saving things that the most learned scholar may never know.
There’s more. Discretion. Webster defines discretion as “cautious reserve in speech”. I know of only person with this characteristic. Thinking before opening mouth and inserting foot. That is rare.
When you obtain wisdom you receive all these also. They are all intertwined. You cannot have wisdom without learning self-control, without gaining knowledge, without learning how to be more cautious in your speech.
Can you still say that you have wisdom to share? Or are you like me realizing that you are far from it and have a long journey ahead of you?