My Lent Words 12: I wish I was wise

Being wise (hakan) is the ability to choose the right option leading to effectiveness and correct moral choices. It is the same word as that used of a craftsman; one who knows how to do a job. It can also mean ‘skilled’, ‘shrewd’ or ‘sage’.

‘Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.’ (Ecclesiastes 8:5)

‘Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:13)

The Queen of Sheba finds Solomon’s wisdom apparent when she sees both his wealth and his leadership:

‘The report I heard in my country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But … in wisdom and wealth you have far exceed the report I heard.’ (1 kings 10:6,7)

I wish I had God’s wisdom in my decision making.

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