Sunday, February 19, 2017

Knowledge And Wisdom

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

This is such a simple verse, yet it holds such an important message. A message that is mostly rejected and ridiculed today in our world. After all, we are the most intelligent high achieving generation ever. There is nothing that can be held from us if we put our minds to it.

Only an uneducated simple minded person would believe this verse in Proverbs. After all, those people that believe what the Bible says cannot be very educated. Believing the Bible will set science back a few hundred years. This is what the world would have us to believe. After all, what need have we of God, if we can accomplish so much on our own.

This is the great lie of Satan in this age. You will endure ridicule and scorn if you claim to believe what God says in His Word. However, I would like to encourage you to consider this verse in Proverbs, and consider the great truth that lies therein.

You must begin to know who God is before you can  begin to have this awesome reverence for Him. You must lay hold of God’s Word by faith. He is the self-existent one. Do you know anyone else that can claim to exist by their own doing? He made all that is. Do you know anyone else that can claim to have made everything that there is?
Man has been able to make things that boggle the mind. However, everything they make comes from something that already exists in this earth, something put here by God. Everything man knows, is limited and very temporary. What we learn from God’s Word is of eternal importance.

Every one has to learn things in school, such as math and reading and writing. Without these things, how would I read my Bible, and how would I write this article. It is not what we learn so much as it is what we do with it that matters. Not that the education of this world is useless, just that we must be careful not to be lulled into believing that the wisdom of this world is equal to the wisdom of God.

God deserves our respect and reverence. When we come to that place of ‘fearing’ (have great reverence for) the Lord, then we are beginning to gain true knowledge. Satan will use anything to distract us from God, even the great debates of the greatly educated of this world. None of the great accomplishments of man will be worth anything in the end. All of their intellectual philosophy will be done away.

I truly am not against education or intelligence, as long as we remember that it has its place in God’s plan for our lives, and is not an end unto itself. Those that reject God’s Word and replace it with the intelligence of this world, are referred to in the last part of the verse in Proverbs.

Let us be wise and get started into true knowledge and wisdom.
Gordon Crook