My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wisdom vs. Knowledge
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Proverbs 1:7 NASB)
As Solomon's proverbs unfold we are given some opening
instructions. These proverbs are only useful if they are utilized
within a particular framework. This includes knowing that there is a
difference between pure knowledge and wisdom. To gain knowledge, one
must begin by fearing the Lord.
There is a balance which must exist between wisdom and knowledge.
Pure knowledge in and of itself is useless if it is not offset by
wisdom, and all of this must begin by having a healthy fear of the Lord.
If we don't fear the Lord, then we begin to believe that we we can
become wise by simply gaining knowledge. However, knowledge in and of
itself becomes useless and leads to arrogance.
On the other hand, we are encouraged to seek as much instruction as
possible. When we humble ourselves before those who can teach us, then
we can be shaped and molded into what God desires for us. God has all
knowledge and we are invited into a very personal relationship with him.
If we open ourselves up to instruction, then we can learn from him --
and we can explore mysteries together with him. If we think through
history and those who have made a great impact by their vast wisdom and
knowledge, they have also had an incredible awe of God. For it seems
that the more that we learn, the more that we discover about God's
complex creative ability and we are left with a healthy fear of him.
As God's followers we ought not to be afraid to continue to learn and
to seek greater knowledge. Sometimes only the first portion of this
proverb is utilized and we are encouraged to have wisdom which comes
from fearing the Lord. There seem to be those who believe that if we
simply fear God then the rest of the knowledge that we need will fall
into place. However, Solomon encourages us to seek instruction. The
world is in desperate need of Christians who are willing to study,
learning all that they can and then combine this with wisdom which comes
from God. If Christians refuse to engage in education, then the world
will simply be left with pure knowledge. We should not fear the
academy, but engage the academy and ask God to help us find a healthy
balance between wisdom and knowledge.
Lord, please help me to be open to instruction in my life. Amen.