Monday, July 24, 2006

What is Wisdom?

Being inspired by Tim and a speaker in Sacrament meeting yesterday I wanted to share a thought from my scripture study last night. It comes from Mosiah 12:27 (The Book of Mormon).

"Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding: therefore, ye have not been wise..."

Abinadi (a prophet) is testifying to the wicked priests of King Noah (a wicked king) and teaching them the truths of the ten commandments. The priests start to ask him many cross examination questions hoping to confuse Abinidi so they can accuse him and throw him into prison. Abinidi is bold with the priests and confounds them with his words. They start to ask him questions about the scriptures that they teach from (Isaiah), asking Abinidi the meaning. Abinidi asks them, "Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these things mean?" In other words Abinidi asks these priests why they don't know or understand what they preach. This of course makes them angry with him because he speaks truth. Abinidi then says, " Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore, ye have not been wise."

I love that sentence. The converse then is also true: In order to be wise or to have wisdom you must apply your heart to understand. Or in my own words wisdom is knowledge applied to the heart.

I know that this is a simple epiphany for many of you, but last night it struck a cord with me. True wisdom is taking the knowledge I already have and applying it to real life. To open my heart, let go, believe, stand stil, and see the salvation of God.

1 comment:

Yancy said...

so true. thank you for sharing.