Throughout time, there has been a long-standing competition between those who are smart vs. those who are wise. It usually plays out that one who is young challenges one who seems simple and old. The story usually turns upon the young one pursuing a plan to get the best of the older one. What happens, typically, is the young one twists and turns plans and connives and seemingly gains the upper hand–only to find, in the end he/she has been bested by the older and wiser person.
The truth is wisdom will always dominate smart. Wisdom is gained through a well lived life. Those who attain it, do so after many trials and tests. They have become battle ready and made solid by the years. They no longer seek their own glory, because–they have learned that there is little permanence in such things as human approval.
Instead, the wise seek to share their gift with those that have come after–in an attempt to build a legacy of wise people; who will in turn reflect God and not themselves. As that becomes a pattern, the church and the nation will become greater than anything imaginable. God created us to be like him–as we conform and are transformed in his image; then we are able to do and see things immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Eph 3:20.
Make no mistake, it is great to be smart! But, when one can die to one’s self an allow God to be in charge–God’s wisdom, that he gladly shares generously (James 1:5), will make you better than you could ever imagine–and you will simply be grateful, humble and ready to share it with whomever is ready to become wise–as well.
God Bless You
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.