I think inherent in the word wisdom is an implication of time spent doing something. Wisdom is not something that can be learned quickly. Wisdom comes from experience and from the pressure of carrying out a task or assignment. Wisdom is insight. Theodore Levitt from Harvard Business School says “Experience comes from what we have done. Wisdom comes from what we have done badly.” That’s so true. That also goes to prove that failing and making mistakes are the best teachers on how to improve and do things better.
Automaker Henry Ford asked electrical genius Charlie Steinmetz to build the generators for his factory. One day the generators ground to a halt, and the repairmen couldn’t find the problem. So Ford called Steinmetz, who tinkered with the machines for a few hours and then threw the switch. The generators whirred to life–but Ford got a bill for $10,000 from Steinmetz. Flabbergasted, the rather tightfisted automaker inquired why the bill was so high.
Steinmetz’s reply: “For tinkering with the generators, $10. For knowing where to tinker, $9,990.” Ford paid the bill.
(Today in the Word, MBI, April 1990, p. 27.)
Where can we find wisdom? James 1:7 tells us when we lack wisdom, to ask God. God is the source of wisdom. Do you need wisdom today? Are you asking Him for it? Let me know where you need wisdom and our team will be praying for you.