What a beautiful analogy. Wisdom is sweet like honey. Wisdom is different than knowledge in this way; wisdom is imparted to us by God, while knowledge can be acquired. Wisdom is a gift from God that God imparts to us in direct proportion to our inner man's desire to be like Christ. Knowledge is the natural way that mankind grows intellectually. True wisdom is a spiritual component, knowledge a natural or physical component.
James says "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally..." James 1:5a.
What you will find after a deep search through the world of knowledge is that wisdom cannot be found out, like the sciences can be found out.
Here's the dilemma. Man wants to say he has wisdom even if he doesn't recognize God in his/her life. Wisdom has taken on a new meaning in modernity to mean; real smart in a specific discipline. But true wisdom is from God and cannot be accumulated or found out by the natural use of your intellect. Seeking knowledge does not lead to wisdom unless the knowledge sought is directed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Being able to come up with a catchy phrase does not make one wise. Some of what modern man attributes to wisdom is simply excellent prose or literature, but not wisdom.
"When thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward."
What is the reward?
- More wisdom and the open doors that come with it.
- A closeness with God that comes through received wisdom from God.
- Request from God for you to do something special for God that only one with wisdom can accomplish.
- Additional benefits that require power from on high that is bestowed upon one with wisdom.