How True Intellect Is Made (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 158)
James 3:13 (NLT)
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.
Intelligence can be measured in several different ways. The most popular way is through the intelligence quotient, also known as IQ. Psychologists Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon created the first intelligence test, the Binet-Simon Test, that measured academic success. Later on, their test was refined for adults by a Stanford psychologist and turned into the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. There are additional tests that are more widely used today such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale that measure various aspects of intelligence and knowledge.
But what if there was such a test or assessment for wisdom? How do you think this would change your perspective about life and the way you live it? In a world that puts high academic achievers on a pedestal, it turns out that while knowledge is important, it is just a small part of the big picture. Knowledge and wisdom are two sides of the same coin but are on vastly different ends of the spectrum. There is a big difference between the two.
Scripture challenges us to get knowledge through learning, but to pursue wisdom by looking to the “Author and Finisher of our faith.” The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, said that “wisdom is the principle thing.” It is not enough to know facts and figures. God wants us to have wisdom that only He can give to live an honorable life, do good works, and be humble in the process. True intellect is knowledge coupled with a heavy dose of wisdom.
“Pray that, above all things, the gates of light may be opened to you; for these things cannot be perceived or understood by all, but only by the man to whom God and His Christ have imparted wisdom.”
— Justin Martyr