A Word for the Wise

We live in a world that is getting faster all the time. By 1900 it had taken 150 years for all human knowledge to double, now it takes about 2 years.

The question is, with all of this information, are we any wiser?

Sure we have access to more information than any people at any other time in the world’s history. Yet we still face many of the same problems, and even more, than previous generations.

We live with this illusion that because we have access to more information that we are smarter and, therefore, wiser than previous generations. The problem is smarter doesn’t equal wiser. I think we need less information and more wisdom.

Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

Wisdom is hard to acquire. You can’t really study for it. It’s not about reading the right books, the right blog, the right publications (blogs included). Wisdom has to be sought out. Like tracking an animal on a hunt, wisdom can be elusive.

Of all the things that we are wanting to save from extinction, I never hear SAVE WISDOM.

We’ve lost track of the source. We have been chasing our own wisdom for so long that we have misplaced its true source.

Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

The source of our wisdom will determine the results that we achieve. Anything except from the true source is but a cheap imitation, like the Gucci purses or Rolex watch you can buy on a New York City street corner. It is really close but not the real thing. While purses and watches don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things, wisdom does.

James characterizes the God’s wisdom as pure, peace-loving, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. I’m not saying we do a good job characterizing these, just that this is what God’s wisdom looks like.

Meanwhile the pseudo-wisdom, that which is not from God, is described by bitter envy, selfish ambition, disorder and every evil practice.

When you put the two side by side, there is no comparison everyone wants what God’s wisdom gives, how many of us are pursuing it?

Grow, in wisdom.

 

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~ by mikefoster on August 1, 2013.

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