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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:39 AM
The root for "wisdom" is the same as for "vision" (they almost sound similar don't they?). They both mean "to see". Vision is physical sight. Wisdom is mental sight. 20/20 vision is the benchmark for physical vision. What is the benchmark for mental vision?
The book of Proverbs takes on this question. The author, Solomon, states this goal in the first proverb as he introduces the book: "To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing..." (chapter 1 verses 2-3)
So one difference between natural vision and mental vision is that we are born with good vision generally (and can usually correct to perfect vision with the help of eye specialists). We aren't born with wisdom naturally. Somehow we need to receive and learn this.
Proverbs 1:7 states it this way: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge". It completes the thought this way: "fools despise wisdom and instruction". Later in the same chapter Solomon gives us more insight into how wisdom is given. In verse 23 he appears to be quoting the Lord: "...behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you."
We have access to God's words in the Bible and His Spirit to open our understanding. This is our gateway to wisdom. It is given but must also be received.