I don’t have a PhD (I think I am too lazy and it costs a lot of money) but I know quite a few people who do. I wouldn’t ever say a PhD is a bad thing, but it certainly isn’t the only thing worth striving for. I know quite a few people who are very smart but do not have a list of official initials after their name. And what about those times we hear wisdom out of the mouth of babes? How does that happen? What is the difference between being smart and being wise and does having an advanced degree have anything to do with it?
James 1:2-6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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.
I am all for formal education. And I think everyone should be a life-long learner. Some people end up in the school of hard knocks — and one can learn quite a bit there. But wisdom is much more than simply education. One earthly definition of wisdom is the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Regardless of your age or level of education, it is most important to seek God’s wisdom and insight through prayer and Scripture. You can count on God to take your learnings and your experiences and give you fresh understanding and insight into the course of action you should take.
And a final thought:
Why isn’t common sense very common anymore?
Seeking His Wisdom,