The Need for People of Wisdom
by: Nathaniel A. Saquiban
Did we ever witness a person who is intellectually equipped but still fails in some practical matters in life? Have we seen a person struggling and missed a lot of opportunities due to wrong choices and actions made? On the other hand, have we seen people who are not learned or highly educated but they are prospering and doing well in their life? Sometimes, it is not what we know and how much we know but how we live with what we know. What makes the difference? It is wisdom.
According to Oxford Dictionary, wisdom is the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. But how can we have good judgment so we can make sound decision and action? First, it is by living a righteous life because it will help us make the right decision. As it is written, one who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. Second, it is by acknowledging God in our lives admitting that we can do nothing apart from Him. It is leaning not on our own understanding but instead acknowledging God in all our ways so that He may direct our path. This goes with the Scripture that tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. If we fear God, necessarily, we obey divine and natural laws that leads us into accurate decisions.
It is no surprise that Solomon asked for wisdom rather than worldly wealth or riches in this world prior to his appointment as king because wisdom secures. It leads to proper management of resources that keeps us stable rather than being destroyed by deceitfulness of riches. It saves a person from unnecessary costs because of lesser errors as it inspires the person concerned to make a thorough analysis or study of a present situation before acting on something. It enables one to foresee things and anticipate in advance any untoward incidents. By way of wisdom, one does not recklessly gamble his or her future.
In the Philippines, especially in the provinces, the elderlies are given much respect and members of society listen to them. It is more than a culture or tradition. It is because people believe that they gained wisdom through their learning or lessons taken from their experiences, whether positive or negative. It does not mean, however, that we need to reach an old age first before we attain wisdom. It simply means that people of wisdom have greater edge to lead and guide others and their words have authority. They are esteemed because they live an honorable life.
Leaders therefore must be endued with wisdom. They should not only be brilliant or mentally competent but wise because wise people are righteous people. They avoid penalties by choosing what is right. They have the capacity to lead because they are critical thinkers and problem solvers. Such are needed in our time. Let us be the wise leaders who are forces to be reckoned with. The nation awaits us.
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