Since man and woman were created they have sought wisdom. According to Dictionary.com wisdom is the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. In Genesis 3: 1-7 we read:
“ 1 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden ‘?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die. ‘ “ 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate [it]; she also gave [some] to her husband, [who was] with her, and he ate [it]. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.’
Now Adam and Eve had received previous instruction from God, himself, about the tree in the garden and its fruit. Yet Eve conversed with the snake and took its advice instead. She decided by what it said that the fruit off that tree would make her wise. You might say she went to the world for her wisdom, when in reality she had received the best connection to wisdom anyone could have had, God. Then Adam gave in to the faulty world’s wisdom.
There is nothing wrong with desiring wisdom. It is where we get our wisdom that can be all wrong. The world’s wisdom will never really be good wisdom. Only God’s wisdom through His Word and His Spirit’s guidance will be true wisdom that will benefit us. Think about Adam and Eve. As a result of their sin to seek wisdom and disobey God, they lost the benefit of walking with God in the garden and enjoying his fellowship and wisdom with ease. Their lives became difficult and nothing was easy anymore. So their new found wisdom truly did not pay off, because it was wisdom without God’s blessing. So seek after God’s wisdom and be blessed.