“Age and wisdom do not always travel in pairs. Sometimes age shows up by itself.”—LaRae Quy
I read this quote today and it really stuck out to me. I would maybe even add “Experience and wisdom do not always travel in pairs.” Experience certainly can lead to greater wisdom, but only if we’re humble enough to learn the lessons of experience. Pride and excuses so often get in the way of gaining wisdom. Whether arrogance over what has been achieved, or insecurity over acknowledging failure (and our role in it!). I greatly desire to be more wise and look to Solomon as an example (although not without his flaws). Solomon truly had it all, position, money, pedigree, education (I assume he would have had the best education as son of a great king). Yet as he got older ,and became king himself, he did not allow pride to get in the way of desiring and receiving wisdom from God. He humbly recognized that all he had, had been given and had achieved did not necessarily equate to being wise, or at the least did not give him as much wisdom as he wanted. 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 says this:
In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
Solomon recognized age and experience did not necessarily equate to wisdom, he humbly asked God for more. Let us do the same. And let us humbly use the experiences in our life to learn and grow in wisdom so that we can better serve those around us just as Solomon desired to serve the people of Israel.