Book: Proverbs 24
“The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.”
Having three sons has meant that each one of them, at some point, has tested their strength against mine, their father. They like to play wrestle. Two of them are stronger than I am but they don’t always have the wisdom or moves to take advantage of their strength. Knowing the “how to” gives a great advantage over straight strength.
Wisdom allows you to accomplish things strength alone does not. It takes into account knowledge and understanding and puts them into action.
The story is told of a truck that tried to go under a bridge but was slightly too tall and became wedged, unable to move. The men tried to back it out and pull it out, without any success. Then a boy on a bike came by and said to them, “Why don’t you let the air out of the truck’s tires and then back it out?” Of course once the men used the wisdom given from the boy, the truck was able to be freed. The boy may have been weak in strength but he was mighty in wisdom!
This proverb encourages us to gain wisdom and knowledge so that we can be wise for and in the Kingdom of God. This is not done on our own strength but rather as we get to know God, His attributes, His heart, and His ways. Obeying Him we become wise and strong. This is why it says in the second half of the proverb, “Those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.” The wise are always gaining knowledge and learning when to apply it therefore they grow stronger and mightier.
Take time today to study one of the attributes of God asking Him to show you the wisdom in the knowledge discovered. Consider how that wisdom makes you stronger.