Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
Some believe that to achieve wisdom it is necessary for them to embark on a long hike to Tibet and in a remote small village on the side of a mountain they will find a wise monk who will give them all the answers to their concerns and questions. Others think that wisdom will be found visiting a guru in India and paying close attention to his teachings and sleights of hand. Still others visit monasteries located in inaccessible mountain passes in the desert, where it seems that time has stopped forever, looking for a clue that will give them rest and relief from their distress. There are those who try to find meaning in their lives in the practice of old tribal religions from Africa or South America or in a syncretism of both. And there are those who spend a lifetime studying and researching and even struggling to get a diploma from a prestigious higher education institution which supposedly will pose them to obtain free access to wisdom. In these and many other ways, people are looking to find something which is very elusive.
The word of God teaches us that wisdom is not confined to a specific place or a particular geographical area. Through conscience or in the midst of a deep silence, or perhaps in a noisy street in a big city you can find it as long as you look for it with a noble purpose and a proper attitude. To do this we must abandon foolish behaviors and obey the commandments of God. God’s word tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” It also says that “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Additionally, it says “but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and then it tells us that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” I think now you I know where to start looking. To God alone be the glory!