In the Bible, we often see that wisdom and understanding are linked together strongly.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens . . . (Pro 3:19 NKJV)
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Pro 2:6 NIV)
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (Pro 4:7 NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Pro 9:10 NIV)
He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding. (Jer 51:15 NKJV)
The Lord uses wisdom and understanding together in combination to establish and accomplish great and mighty things. Because we are made in God’s image (Gen 9:6 NKJV) and since Christ is our example (1 Pet 2:21 NKJV), we too are strongly encouraged by the Word to gain wisdom and understanding.
Wisdom means prudence, insight, perceptiveness, or good judgment.
Understanding means empathy, kindness, or awareness. In considering these two attributes, we can see how they would work together quite effectively and supportively.
Daily, we can expand and increase both of these characteristics in our lives by reading the Bible faithfully. No matter what book of the Bible or what topic we may read, the Word of God is filled with the Spirit and the power of God—as well as God’s wisdom and understanding. The more we fill our hearts and minds with the Word, the more that we will operate with the wisdom and understanding of God.
Be eager students of the Word and you will reap the blessed and life-changing benefits.