To many people, wisdom is theoretical, academic book knowledge that has nothing to do with the real world. Yet that is not at all what wisdom is about. Wisdom is not abstract knowledge; wisdom is a practical understanding about how to live. Wisdom means you are able to separate what’s true from what’s false, what’s right from what’s wrong, what’s good from what’s bad, what’s worthwhile from what’s worthless.

The problem is not that we don’t have enough advice. Oprah’s got advice, the Tonight Show’s got advice, everybody’s got advice. The problem is that we’ve got too much advice.

How do you know which advice to take? How do you know which path to pursue? Pastor Jim Butcher says this, “Wisdom is the ability to discern the best path from amid all the other ideas as we deal with the everyday struggles and problems of life.”

There is good news even if you are “wisdom-impaired.” You can go from wisdom-impaired to wisdom-repaired! While wisdom isn’t something you’re born with or something you automatically possess, you can learn it. God wants to give you His wisdom. Will you ask Him for it right now? Are you facing a tough problem at work? Go to God for His wisdom. Are you having an argument with your spouse? God wants to give you His wisdom. Are you having a hard time with a course in school? It’s time to go to God. He will help you.

Don’t forget to ask.

I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. — Abraham Lincoln

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder