Looking back over the years, I guess I've shed'ed some tears. Tears of disappointment. Tears of hurts. Tears of anger. And always, my response would be, "I won't make that mistake again". I was gaining WISDOM through trail and error. Tons of WISDOM have been acquired through this process and subsequently, that's how WISDOM has been passed down; through somebodys' past failures. But God did not intend for WISDOM to be obtained through that process. At least not for His chosen people.
For God gives WISDOM and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.
So the question is how are you acquiring WISDOM? Are you obtaining WISOM from God, or are you obtaining it through the work of gathering and collecting? If from God then WISDOM is coming through your prayers. But if from work, it's coming through trail and error or sin, because as we read earlier, 'God gives WISDOM to those who are "good in His sight".'
This got me thinking about all the WISDOM and knowledge that I've gained on my own through trail and error, other wise known as sin. For instance, I now have the WISDOM and knowledge of how to build a strong relationship, because of past errors/sins. I now know how to plan and make wise decisions due to past plans and decisions falling apart. I was doing all these things on my own, without the help or even the consent of God. So being "good in His sight" consist of keeping Him, God not just in the process, but first. He would have told me, guided me and strengthened me in the process of building a strong relationship if I would've asked. He would've told me what decisions and plans to make if I would have sought out His counsel and His will for my life. That WISDOM, knowledge and joy would have come in handy way back when I was shedding those tears, but I didn't seek Him out or in some instances, didn't keep Him in the forefront. So I myself did a lot of gathering and collecting, and now find myself giving it;wise counsel to Godly men. A lot of what now seems to be years waisted, could have very well been years of prosperity, if I had just stayed "good in His sight".
***Scriptures of interest: James 1:5, Genesis 6:8-7:1