Many folks, in my opinion, confuse wisdom with knowledge or intellect. Wisdom come from experience, and many times from mistakes: mistakes we make and, hopefully, learn from the experiences they being about. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are to use the examples of the mistakes made by men and women in the Old Testament to learn from, so as to not repeat those same mistakes ourselves. 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬ ESV)

Using this knowledge adds to our wisdom – if we aren’t too stubborn to apply it. It seems to me that most of us are too stubborn and have to make our own mistakes, experience their consequences, and then learn from them. 


we don’t learn wisdom
though we have the examples 
mistakes will be made

while we reside in this life
within ourselves is our strife
© Greg Wolford

Linked to the CDHK challenge #708 wisdom

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