Many say that knowledge plus common sense is wisdom.
But for me, wisdom is more profound than quantified human standard. It is acquired by what is learned and lived with time. It is light showing grace. It is a gift that must be received from God.
From the Proverbs (Chapter 8) it says:
For the value of wisdom is far above rubies. Nothing can be compared with it.
Wisdom and good judgment live together, for wisdom knows where to discover knowledge and understanding. If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption and deceit of every kind.
Note the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen.
This was a story of a conceited emperor. He was so vain and proud that all he desired was admiration, and none of wisdom (which is essential in leading a tribe).
In the end, the emperor’s lack of wisdom led him to embarrassment.
Don’t be so easily flattered. Being wise does not depend on flattery. Wisdom seeks humility, truth and joy. It pleases God.
Proverbs chapter 9:10 asserts:
For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.
Thought: Love and reverence for God are the keys to light and happiness. Wisdom is God’s gift to his people.
Check the following.
Wisdom is being compared to rubies.
The ruby is considered as one of the four precious stones. The other three are diamond, sapphire and emerald.
Large rubies are among the most precious stones. These precious stones are called the “Pigeon-blood ” red variety in Burma. Ruby and sapphire are gem varieties of corundum.
Blood connotes something most precious in life; that which is essential for life. In history, there is blood compact. In medicine, there is blood transfusion. In love, there are creative juices. In war, blood is loyalty.
In the cross, it is Jesus Christ’s passion.
Hence, wisdom is more than rubies or more than life itself. It is a miracle that roots in knowing an omnipotent God of all.
The “Emperor’s New Clothes,” is a tale that depicts how human beings can act in moments of elation and greed. It is a kid’s folktale and an adult’s parody.