Our Lord teaches us many things by experience. Many of us have been taught patience by experiencing long periods of feeling a need before we perceive His providence. The waiting itself is often how He provides us with patience. That patience, once perfected with use is then a powerful resource for greater adversities later. It can be thought of as an on-the-job training program. I believe that other virtues (the raw-materials of character) are also perfected by use. Right now I am considering another virtue: wisdom. I would define wisdom as the ability to apply knowledge to guide one’s life. Wisdom is not the knowledge itself, but the ability to put that knowledge into practical service. I invite alternate definitions. Wisdom does require knowledge to grow, just as a muscle requires something to move to become stronger, but knowledge and wisdom are two separate things. The Bible is a book of wisdom (among a great many other things), but a fool can read, even study wisdom without incorporating it into his being. I believe that many Biblical scholars can provide detailed discourse on many theological issues, citing chapter and verse and not have the wisdom to see how it can be put into practice in his personal life. When someone that has the capacity to be wise has the both the faith and knowledge to put them into practice, wonderful things happen and those around him are much edified. So, how does God teach us wisdom? What methods does He use to help us move from studying the wisdom of scripture to being wise in our own actions? To be sure, spiritual wisdom can only occur when empowered by the Holy Spirit, but one is not commonly saved on one day and spiritually wise the second. And, with some reservations, I would say that there are many who had the capacity for wisdom, and had a facility with applying knowledge prior to becoming a Christian, and when they come to a personal relationship with the Master, quickly learned to use that gift in His service.