Wisdom 7:22-8:1 Reflection:
What is wisdom?
Wisdom is the result of reflecting upon what happens and seeing things through the eyes of God.
In today’s reading we are given a long list of all that wisdom is: intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, active, incisive, unsullied ... the list goes on.
But the next line is beautiful: ‘She is the breath of the power of God, untarnished mirror of God’s active power, image of his goodness.’
Wisdom is important because it gives us a real insight into what is going on in the world and shows us what is the proper Christian view to take upon such things.
One of the great sayings of the secularists is that knowledge is power. That is not true. Knowledge simply knows the facts. If a person knows a list of facts without having developed the intuition and wisdom to penetrate these facts and know what they mean in practice, then they are not wise, and their knowledge can often be destructive of them and their lives.
We all know about abortion, we all know what a person can do about it, we all know where it is available, but if we don’t have the wisdom to know what abortion really is then all the knowledge we have leads to our own destruction.
It is the same with so many other things. We all know how to use the internet but if we do not have the wisdom to discern what is good and what is destructive there is not much sense in having a head full of knowledge.
“Knowledge is power” is the secularist’s way of saying that I can make myself my own wee god.
Wisdom, the gift f seeing as God sees, teaches us to penetrate deeply and see through all the world’s nonsense!