When I was in high school I read 1Kings 3 where Solomon is offered anything from Yahweh. Despite the array of choices, Solomon chooses wisdom over riches.
Almost everyday for the last two years of my high school career I prayed for that same wisdom. Eventually that prayer faded out, making me wonder what would happen if I actually kept it up. Maybe I’d actually be wise.
So from someone who is definitely not wise, perhaps I can inspect wise guys from a third-party perspective. Here’s what I notice:
- Wise people are active listeners.
- Wise people know what to say in many situations, or they continue listening.
- Wise people don’t freak out…they relish the process of problem-solving.
- Wise people are a non-anxious presence. You want to be around them.
- Wise people also just feel comfortable in their own skin. They’re happy with who they are.
But there’s more.
As a follower of Jesus, I’m always looking for the wisdom to…well…follow Jesus. To that end, the following Scripture might more appropriately capture what it means to be wise:
Whoever is wise will consider the lovingkindness of the Lord. (Psalm 107:43)
*Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: Praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.