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Intelligence vs Wisdom

Intelligence vs Wisdom

There is a big difference between intelligence and wisdom. There are many intelligent people who are utterly devoid of wisdom and many wise men and women who didn’t fare well on the SATs. Wisdom is described in the Bible as the skill of living life as God intended. It is not just the ability to “think well” but rather to “thoughtfully act” in a way that is good and godly.


Our wisdom is tested everyday, not with exams that evaluate our mental dexterity, but with the options we face regarding our behavior, values and conversation. The Bible asks, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13). It is admirable to strive to increase your intelligence, but it is far more important to make progress in acquiring wisdom.


Solomon exhorted us to “Get wisdom… though it costs you all you have” because “wisdom is supreme” (Proverbs 4:7). It begins with a right perspective of God (Proverbs 9:10) and is increased by time in God’s word (Psalm 119:99). Let’s all seek more of it, for God loves to grant it.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. In the Bible in Job 28:28, we have the most simple and best answer to the difference in between wisdom and intelligence.28 And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”You can go more by reading Job 28 fully or try the ebook Wisdom & Intelligence online on Itunes or Amazon to hopefully got more inspiration about the subject.

  2. Pastor Mike you certainly have the gift of speaking and writing the Word of God so simply and yet without missing the depth of it. Thank you for using your gifts for Him.

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