Searching for wisdom is as old as time itself. Ever since man fell into Satan’s arms, there is a need to prove ourselves. A word like acumen isn’t used much today in regard to wisdom. It is more akin to being shrewd, visionary, somewhat like what is commonly called the American business man or woman.
The traits associated with this word have a slightly negative slant. We’re always looking for solutions to problems and maybe duct tape is the only answer. Maybe the solutions don’t require a master’s degree or years of personal experience.
I believe our current president is a man filled with acumen. He knows how to seal a deal. He has tremendous business savvy. He knows how to solve problems and build teams that will advise him. He has the ability to see the best and worst of people. He is a people person. He knows what the people want and deserve. He loves his country. Does all of that acumen make him a wise man?
This little word carries a lot of punch. It was literally derived from the Latin word which meant to sting with something sharp, thus mental sharpness or shrewdness. Again it’s not a word used much today. The truth is, the word wisdom has morphed into acumen, which gives it a more negative meaning. When we begin to feel superior to the One who made the rain and causes storms filled with torrential wind and power – when we think we know better that the One who formed man out of the dust of the earth – when we believe we don’t need God’s intervention, our wisdom becomes tarnished and it becomes lost to us.
Job 28 speaks about where our true acumen comes from.
“And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
The fear referred to is not a terror filled fear, but one of great honor and awe for the One who gives it. When we place Him first in our lives, everything else falls into place. Wisdom is a gift from God. It comes from searching His Word on a daily basis – looking for the truth. It is a manual for living, for aging, for parenting, for relationships, for everything we will ever be exposed to on this planet. This awesome gift should be cherished. It has remained for centuries and will continue until Jesus returns again.