“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
― Bob Marley
I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul,
All eyes are on you Lord,
All eyes are on you, all eyes are on you Jesus.
Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on you.
Grant us the privilege of your world view,
And may your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.(Hallelujah, Don’t wanna lose our soul,
No, Don’t wanna lose my soul.
Don’t let me lose, my soul,
I’m never gonna walk away.
What Is Wisdom?
We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33).
Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?
As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value. Creation brought order to the cosmos; law brought order to society; etiquette brought order to human relationships; politics brought order to governance and authority. Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle—fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others.
They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take his person and role seriously. Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.
A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person) was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behavior or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else—usually themselves.
~Taken from NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible
“Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living. We learn by reading and discovering about things thus we increase our knowledge. To be wise, we need to live and implement what we have learned so far. Be it a good experiences or a bad one, we have to go through everything that life throws at us. One has to live through all life’s good and bad experiences to be wise. Wisdom cannot be gained without experiencing all these things.
We learn what we see, we implement what we learn, and thus it becomes an experience which will help you become a better version of yourself. If you implement something and it turns out good, then it becomes a good experience and you can share such good experiences with others also that can help them handle their own issues and situations. If it turns out bad, then it becomes a bad experience. You cannot go back in time and undo the things that you have done. Bad experiences help us not to repeat our mistakes. This is how we gain wisdom.”
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
― Elbert Hubbard
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist