It’s so disheartening how we confuse wisdom with intellect ( intelligence). Even though these two words are similar, they are two different concept that means different things entirely.
First and foremost, I will be explaining wisdom and then intellect and relate the both words.
Wisdom, according to prov 4:7 ( wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and in all your getting, get understanding.) The Bible points out that wisdom is the “principal” thing. The word “principal” means ‘main’, ‘primary’, ‘indispensable’, ‘inevitable’ and ‘unquestionable’….. Therefore, wisdom is the main and primary thing you must obtain in life because you can never do without it in the course of your living..
Wisdom is the composition of action, feeling, talking, relating, walking, eating, speaking, responding, contributing, thinking and choosing in a way that reflects sensibility. Wisdom cannot even be confused with knowledge because wisdom reflects sensibility, and responsibility, while knowledge reflects power, physical ability to convince people base on what you have knowledge about.
Prov 9:10( the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom) so therefore we can relate wisdom to the fear of the Lord, “fear” here, does not mean fright, terror or torment but symbolizes “LOVE”. wisdom is when you love the Lord with all your heart.
I can bodly say that True wisdom cannot be obtained in any novel, motivational book, story or any magazine, do you know why? because it comes from God. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask from God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). The best you can get from any book is motivation, inspiration, Information, understanding, intelligence and knowledge. No motivational book can offer you wisdom because it is not designed to do so. A man of wisdom is easily know by the words he/she speaks because he has come to an understanding of Prov 4:23 which says “keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of Life”
what is intellect?
Intellect can be define as the faculty of reasoning and understanding, it is the ability to deal with ideas, information and understanding.Intelligence can be described as the ability to perceive or infer Information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context. Intellect deals with the ability to learn, understand and deal with new or trying situation.
Intelligence mainly deal with the cognitive of a person, intelligence reflects information, knowledge, skills, ideas, creativity, and understanding of a concept. A man of intelligence only scan the surface of a concept, produce only what he has learnt about the concept while a man of wisdom gives more than what he has learnt about the concept of a thing in the sense that, wisdom makes a man crave to know beyond the ordinary
Wisdom encompasses intelligence in all areas because a man of wisdom does not just give the peripheral concept of a thing but gives the deep meaning, dig out the treasures in it and apply it to the amazement of the people, wisdom makes you speak the right thing at the right time while a man of intellect is ready to speak the right thing at all times, even when it is not appreciated, wisdom makes you humble even when you have deep knowledge about the concept while intelligence can spring up pride because you think you know it all.