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Knowledge & Wisdom

Knowledge & Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)

I used to think that if a person had all the knowledge in the world they would by default be among the wisest, but this is not the case.  I have seen many intelligent people who make very poor decisions; they know a lot of stuff, but they don't seem to make good use of it. Knowledge is good to have, but there is a huge difference between Knowledge, which is possessing facts, and Wisdom, which is the ability to apply those facts to life.  We might stockpile knowledge, but without wisdom, our knowledge is useless.  We must learn how to live out what we know.

The Bible teaches us that Solomon was the wisest man in the world, so what made him so wise? Solomon received his wisdom from God, and he received it because he asked for it.

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours? ...behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 1 Kings 3:9, 12 (NKJV)

Q:    So how do we get this same type of Wisdom that Solomon received?  

First we need to ask God for it.   Second we need to read God's Word daily, because it is there we will be given great wisdom as we ask God to bless us with it while we prayerfully read.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NKJV)

That's a pretty cool thing to receive freely. You see, God wants people to be wise.  We can see in the world two kinds of people portraying contrasting paths of life.  The fool is the wicked, stubborn person who hates or ignores God.  The wise person seeks to know and love God.

When we choose God's way, He grants us Wisdom.  His Word - The Bible - leads us to live rightly, to have proper relationships, and to make right decisions.  That's why I like the book of Proverbs so much and read from it every day in addition to other readings.  I like to say, "A chapter of proverbs a day helps keep the devil and his emissaries at bay." 

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to make it a practice to start your day by spending some time in the Word.  Try to incorporate the Proverbs daily, as there is one chapter for each day of the month.  There is no greater treasure we should be pursuing.

Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. Proverbs 8:10-11 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to James 1:5, how should we attain Wisdom?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself knowing better in a situation and yet not making a Wise choice?

APPLICATION: Read one Proverb a day, there are 31 so you can finish the entire book in a month.  Keep reading daily and applying what you read.  Ask God to impart wisdom to you daily for making every decision.  Journal what you are asking Him, and journal what He gives you and what you do with it.

Father, give me wisdom liberally today so that I might make the proper choices in each situation.  Help me to have the strength to make these proper choices and not succumb to the flesh.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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