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Sound Decision-Making: Strap on Intelligence and Wisdom

Did there ever come a time when you were caught between two opposing ideas that you were unable to make a clear, cut decision? Or that you dwindled too long on the issue and nothing productive came out of the wait?

Overall I am a decisive person but there are times that I am caught between making the right decisions.

Lately, I have been very conscious of my decisions-making abilities and the consequences they bear.

I want to decide efficiently not because it is easy, profitable or popular but because it is right, moral and just (while at the same time, glorifying the Lord with it).

If you remember my last post (The Men I Look Up To), I slightly hinted on writing about the difference between intelligence and wisdom…well, hopefully, here is a more comprehensive approach to differentiating the two.

When intelligence is mentioned, the following comes to mind:

  • Education
  • Books
  • IQ
  • Eloquence (gift of speech)
  • Measurable
  • Quantified
  • Finite

On the other hand, when wisdom is mentioned, the following registers almost automatically:

  • Common sense
  • Infinite
  • Unquantifiable
  • Immeasurable
  • Maturity regardless of age
  • A gift

Both are important, mind you. But based from the list above, I bet you could name the people in your life who possess either intelligence or who possess wisdom. You are definitely blessed if you know someone who possesses both!

Now here comes my heart-piercing-minus-the-finger-pointing-question: With so many intelligent, talented and highly educated men and women, why are we continuously making shaky and unsure moral decisions. Where is the intelligence? Or better yet, where is the wisdom?

Unfortunately, though many people are endowed with intelligence, there are only a few who are given wisdom. Sadly, intelligence and wisdom are not mutually exclusive.

Without wisdom, the human race is in danger of wasting so much talent not to mention human resource!!! (thunder rumbles, earth splits open, people run screaming…)

Seriously though, think about it.

Intelligence can be acquired either through books, education or some are just predisposed to be Einstein’s since birth. But wisdom, well, that’s a whole different story.

It’s not easy to acquire wisdom. In fact, it is a constant process of asking for it. Even great Kings before asked for it (ehem, yes, it is Solomon)…

Whenever I am faced with a moral question or issue, I ask the Lord for wisdom to make the right decision. I plead for wisdom (no groveling involved just yet).

Well, that’s just me.

But the thing with wisdom and asking for it is that His gift and answers always come in a variety of packages. It’s only a matter of praying and listening.

“But if you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting”.

–James 1:5-6

 

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