Job 32:8-9—”But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding. 9 It is not only the old[c] who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.”
It is commonly spoken that ‘with age comes wisdom’. The thinking is that age, the x number, brings with it years of experience with one having lived in the world for x years. The Bible also states this, (Job 12:12) ‘Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days’. The Bible also states that though we may have had wisdom, it can be taken away if we are disobedient or proud. (Job 12:13) ‘With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding. If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.’
Here’s some great news for us especially for the young ones. The Bible says that we needn’t wait to grow old to be able to have wisdom like maybe waiting for our wisdom teeth to pop out. In Matthew 7:7, it clearly reads, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you’. Does it mean if we ask for wisdom, God will give this to us? Read the passage below to see for yourself an example of how someone asked and received wisdom from God. He, to this day, is known as the wisest man who ever lived. This was wisdom given by God. Solomon asked God: (2 Chronicles 1:10) ‘Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.’
God’s wisdom provides us with details of how to go about our life in His will. God’s wisdom provides light to our path and also how to do what we need to (if we ask). God’s wisdom through the Holy spirit provides us discernment of what we must stay away from to honour God with our life. What more do we need?