Wisdom verses Knowledge

Imagine spending a life time attending a plethora of higher learning institutions and being saturated with an enormous amount of knowledge, yet lack the wisdom to incorporate what was learned into a productive tool.  Knowledge is a good thing; it opens doors of opportunity that would otherwise be left closed.  Without question, a physician or a nurse would not be qualified to pass the exam required to practice their profession without first obtaining the necessary knowledge.   Unfortunately there are those within these professions who have the ‘book’ knowledge but lack the wisdom in implementing their knowledge into common sense performance.  Such is the case in many educated people.  This lack of wisdom prevents them from fully realizing the potential they have for understanding and applying the knowledge obtained.  For certain, there is that worldly wisdom that offers a superficial insight into the events of life from mans point of view.  Wordly wisdom can be obtained through experience and by the example of others.  However, there is a much more permanently productive source whereby one can obtain wisdom, not only in the chosen profession, but in all areas of life.

This wisdom comes from above.  God has written that if any of you lack wisdom, let him as of me and I will give it liberally.  James 1:5  The wisdom from God is pure; peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits; without partiality and without hypocrisy.    There is not one area of life that does not require wisdom in discerning the outcome of a particular circumstance or event.  The Christian has the privilege, whether they be a dad, a mother, an accountant, or an author, to seek wisdom from God in their activities of daily life.  Wisdom is needed in the big things of life as well as the seemingly insignificant matters.  God is not selective in the issues in which he departs His wisdom.  Most people are aware of the wisdom God granted to King Solomon.   This was done in response to Solomon’s prayer that he would be granted wisdom, not power, riches, but wisdom.  God has promised to give wisdom to those in government (Deuteronomy 4:6 and Ezra 7:25)   as well as the common laborer. ( Ezekiel 35:35)

It would seem that a little knowledge coupled with an out pouring of God’s wisdom is more desirable than a lot of knowledge and man’s wisdom.  We learn in the Bible that the wisdom of this world is foolishness unto God.  (Corinthians 3:19).  Proverbs 4: 5-9 give us insight into the importance of Divine wisdom.  God admonishes us to “get wisdom” ………..forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:  love her, and she shall keep thee;  Wisdom is the principle thing:  therefore get wisdom:…………Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:  she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her…………… .

The wisdom of this world is foolishness unto God.  It is earthly, sensual and devilish.  (James 3:15)   The Book of  Proverbs is a source of practical wisdom from God. The world has strayed from God’s wisdom and forged ahead with their humanistic understanding.    Knowledge is very important, especially when it comes to learning what God has ordained in his infallible Word.  However, even without wisdom from the Lord……………..  It is for naught, it is for naught!


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