Faith and Wisdom
"Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God." -Ephesians 1:15-17
Are you more of a "wisdom" person, or are you more of a "faith" person? I have discovered there are often two kinds of people: Those who are risk-takers, and those who are risk-averse. Both personalities have strengths and weaknesses, but both are essential to God's kingdom.
People who are faith-oriented love risk, and are not afraid of a new challenge. They love starting new endeavors and trying new things! Sometimes, though, risk can bring many challenges, such as betting too big of a hand, resulting in big losses.
People who tend to play it safe are more wisdom-oriented - they see the risks, count the cost, and opt to avoid the pitfalls. On the other hand, these people might be slow to take advantage of opportunities and may subsequently miss them. They also might be prone to hide their gifts instead of investing them. In the Bible, Peter was a faith person; Solomon was a wisdom person.
If you are a faith person, do you have wise people around you? Conversely, if you are a wisdom person, do you have people around you who challenge you to step out of the box and try new things? I am so thankful that God paired me up with a wisdom person, as I have often gotten myself into trouble being more of a faith person.
Both wisdom and faith work hand-in-hand. It is wise to be filled with faith, (the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom), and to be faithful is to be wise. (Psalm 111:10)
Do you have a healthy balance of both faith and wisdom in your life?
Related resource: The Wisdom of Faith by Bobby Bowden