A person cannot be wise nor become wise and much less is he willing to listen and accept instructions and advice.
The word for wise counsels, tachbulah, is a term that used in the sailing or management of the ship, by use of the robes and sales and rudder, in such a manner as to set a correct and proper course.
Understanding, is the ability to know the differences between right and wrong, between truth and false, to discern and distinguish.
There is only one way to learn correctly in life and in this world.
There are two ways to inculcate learning correctly into ones soul.
The Bible distinguishes between these two ways, the first being academic learning, and the second being spiritual learning.
Everyone has the ability to learn academically. They simply read and listen and do and experience, and sooner or later figure things out.
Spiritual learning goes one step further, because it incorporates and includes God in the learning process, within the fellowship sphere.
In spiritual learning, information is taken in, in the usual academic sense, which means you hear things that enter through your ears, see things that enter into your eyes, smell and touch and taste as is the nature of your senses, and you do and experience, and learn things by trial and error.
But there is one additional step, which is the role of the Holy Spirit in the teaching process while the individual is in fellowship. That role is supernatural, meaning you cannot sense it or feel it in any way, but it is there. Spiritual information is channeled through the human spirit, and then into the soul where it is incorporated in the spiritual construction process of the soul.
This process creates clarity of thought and sight, and creates proper orientation to reality.
Academic learning lacks that ability.
One cannot become wise, in the truest sense, through academic only learning.
Wisdom, begins with the fear the Lord, which means respect. And respect is something that people speak of, but do not possess. For if one respected God, then God’s mandates would be listened to, and followed. And that following of the spiritual learning process, is again something that people do not do.
If a person truly desires to learn and know, correctly, then a daily study of Bible doctrine, through instruction, while in fellowship, is a mandated prerequisite.