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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The difference between knowledge and wisdom

In a recent class discussion post, I was asked to "Discuss the difference of knowledge and wisdom as it applies to your life. Is one better than the other?" with Proverbs 28:26, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe" as the reference verse. Listed below is my response:

Bottom Line:
It is foolish to trust in your own insight and opinions.  Following the teachings of wise and you’ll survive and be kept safe.

What this means to me:
For me, wisdom is better than knowledge.  I think of knowledge as learning and knowing something.  Wisdom, on the other hand, is not only knowing something, but taking the next step as to what to do with it.  Personally, I’m only being foolish If I think I have all the answers on my own.  It is much better for me to following the teachings of those wiser who walk in wisdom.  Doing so will be prove to be a much safer route.

Our world tends to think that a rugged individual who needs no help is a hero.  There is a tendency to admire the bold, self-directed individuals who know what they want and willing to fight for it.  These types of individuals are self-reliant, neither giving nor asking advice.  This is completely in contradiction to God’s way.  There is no positive way to know the future or to predict the consequences of our choices with any certainty.  A completely self-reliant person is doomed to failure.  He/she is trusting in their own under understanding.  A wise person depends fully on God.  They follow guidance from God and seek counsel from those who have been walking with God for a long time and the results of their lives reflect good fruit.

One of my favorite verses, Proverbs 3:5-8, emphasizes this notion:

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
   do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
   and he will show you which path to take.
7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
   Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then you will have healing for your body
   and strength for your bones.

In summary, I think it is foolish to trust in your own insight and opinions, instead follow the teachings of wise and you’ll survive and be kept safe.  So, instead of trusting myself! I work toward trusting God!   As I do, I'll gain wisdom when I fully you trust Him with my life.  If I do, God promises safety and protection.