Knowledge Without Wisdom

Sunday, Feb. 7                                                   

“We focus so much on the accumulation of knowledge that we neglect the application of it.”—Doug Burch.  The world promotes knowledge as the key to success, contentment, and the way to have a positive impact on our world.  I constantly see quotations in our local newspaper along this line.  Here is a recent example:  “This is the tragedy of the  world that no one knows what he doesn’t know—and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything.”  There is some truth in this, but the tragedy is not accumulating knowledge.  The tragedy is not making wise decisions on the basis of that knowledge.  Maybe that’s implied in the quotation, but it’s certainly not expressed.  And if it were, it likely would not be from a Biblical perspective.  Psalms and Proverbs have a lot to say about knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.  Psalm 111:10.  The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  Prov.1:7.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge . . .”  Knowledge is factual information, truth.  It’s possible to acquire facts while still having little or no understanding.  When a truth is understood, then the application should follow.  A proper application is wisdom.  So a person can have knowledge and understanding without wisdom.  Note the last half of Prov. 1:7:  “But fools despise wisdom . . .”  The world’s disdain for God is total disaster.  Wisdom is abandoned and knowledge is wasted.  As Doug suggested, we need to make use of our knowledge.  Our world’s way is the wrong way.  Remember the old adage “Your actions speak louder than your words.”  Now that is a wise statement!

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