Job 28:12, 28. But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

While growing up, one of the most important prayer points we pray about that God should bless us with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Moreso, we were taught that because Solomon asked God for these three things, God bless him so much. We wanted to be the best in our classes and more importantly be the best amongst our peers, hence, the importance attached to that prayer.

Not quite long, I began to know that wisdom and understanding are gifts from God not necessarily acquired in the place of prayer but by one’s conduct in life. Yes, the scripture says if any lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally but it’s better to live in wisdom and to walk in understanding rather than just ask for it.

Where can wisdom be found? How can we obtain the wisdom of God? The wisdom of God is found in the fear of the Lord. If any man has reverence, honour borne out of unconditional love to God, such will obtain the wisdom of God. Many love to read to know so that they can be perceived wise. It doesn’t work like that. At best you’ll be wise in the things of the earth which the scripture promises will come to nought. True wisdom is in the fear of the Lord.
Proverbs 9:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

What then is the fear of the Lord?
Proverbs 8:13. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Where is the place of Understanding?
Understanding is to depart from evil, to forsake the path of destruction and seek the way of life. A man of Understanding is one that cam smell evil and quietly turn back.

Proverbs 4:7. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

God bless you.

Oliyide Ayotunde