There are many things that constitute strength. Among these are- money, intelligence, military weapons, human connections, muscles and bones, gifts, witchcraft and occult powers etc. Many bible passages make it very clear that wisdom is a form of strength and that it is the greatest of them all.
Pro 24:5 GNB
Being wise is better than being strong; yes, knowledge is more important than strength.
A wise man scaled the city of the mighty, and cast down the strength of the confidence thereof.
In AMP it reads: A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
“For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.”
In AMP Eccl 7:12 reads- For wisdom is a defense even as money is a defense, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the life of him who has it.
Eccl 7:19 GNB
Wisdom does more for a person than ten rulers can do for a city.
13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me:
14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.
15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.
16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. (NIV)
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold; and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Why we must get wisdom Prov 8:15-20
Wisdom is the greatest of all forms of strengths. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
1. It gives us the ability to get and enjoy all good things of life which money, bones and muscles, connections, advanced education, social or political high positions cannot secure for us e.g. (i) joy, (ii) peace of mind, (iii) stable, strong, successful and sweet marriage, (iv) successful parenting, (v) great children, (vi) great health, (vii) knowing the mind of God and (viii) walking with God.
2. It gives us the ability to effectively use other forms of strength e.g.
- The grace of God,
- The gifts,
- Money, riches and wealth,
- Excellent relationships and connections,
- Leadership position,
Without wisdom, one could easily mess up or completely lose all gifts and gains acquired over a long period of time with very hard work and favour.
Availability of wisdom
Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses. At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words. Prov 1:20-21.
Wisdom is available to all. Anyone who lacks wisdom, it is his/her fault and will have him/herself to blame at the end of the day. Pro 1:22-27
The book of James 1:5 says that “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all man liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given unto him”. This means wisdom and all its strengths are available to everybody all over the world. Everyone can acquire it in incremental measures.
To get wisdom, all you need is to love it seek it early in life. Prov 8:17 Apply your heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, Eccl 7:25.
Seek wisdom with all your heart. Seek it every day. Apply the little you have and seek more and more of it. It will give you divine strength to live a successful and an excellent life that is glorifying to God. Like Joseph, Daniel and his friends, Solomon etc, it will empower you to be victorious and make your life to be well above the ordinary and the common.