WISDOM . . . Discerning Spirit/Entity

Wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, or dwell in a body enslaved to sin. For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit, and will leave foolish thoughts behind, and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness. For wisdom is a kindly spirit, but will not free blasphemers from the guilt of their words; because God is witness of their inmost feelings, and a true observer of their hearts, and a hearer of their tongues.” (Reference: Wisdom 1:4-6 )

I am intrigued by passages and writings that portray wisdom as a being or independent entity rather than an attribute of humanity. It would explain, in a way, why some people can be so wise at times; and yet at other times be so dense. If wisdom is not a characteristic that they possess, but a spirit or entity that is with them for a while – it would explain so much!

But – sigh, beloved – wisdom is more accurately portrayed as a human trait or characteristic. Sometimes people are wise, and sometimes they are not. A person can be wise in one way, but very foolish in another. We all have our “blind eye” that does not see the wise course and instead follows foolishness and folly – in its mildness form; and disaster in its most extreme form.

But the good news is that we can cultivate wisdom; we can learn from our mistakes. And as we experience more of life, we can become wiser. We can grow wise, and retain that wisdom. And that prospect, I think, is better to hold on to than the image of wisdom as a spirit that goes from person to person, discerning whether that person is worthy of wisdom.

May you beloved ask for wisdom from our Lord. And may the Lord bestow wisdom on you as an everlasting blessing. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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