In a biting comment, one philosopher said of another that he was “the greatest of thinkers and the most petty of men.” We admire individuals of high intelligence, but we certainly wouldn’t want that statement to be said about us.
Better by far to be an ordinary person who by God’s grace reflects Christ’s character. Better not to be a mental giant who is spiritually petty.
Intelligence and knowledge are God’s gifts, and we can admire them. But we must remember that a good heart and godly character are more to be desired than brainpower, and that love is the most praiseworthy of gifts (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Even though we may respect friends who are blessed with keen minds, we know that wisdom from the Lord is what we really need. In Proverbs 2-3, we are told to search for wisdom as for hidden treasures, and to realize that it is more valuable than silver, gold, or rubies (2:4; 3:14-15). Wisdom is called “a tree of life,” which is a symbolic way of describing the blessings of being in a right relationship with God (3:18). A wise person can walk through life with confidence, assured of the Lord’s approval (v.26).
Wisdom—that’s what we really need.
The blessings of the Lord are known
By those who will obey;
His wisdom, truth, and love are shown
To all who choose His way. —D. De Haan
You can gain knowledge on your own, but wisdom comes from God.