“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” (Bryan O’Driscoll)
We definitely live in the information (or knowledge) age. According to one recent report, information is now doubling every 13 months. IBM predicts the data-doubling curve will soon hit a mere 12 hours! Can you imagine – the amount of data available to us doubling twice in a single day? Staggering.
However as O’Driscoll cleverly stated, there’s a huge difference between knowledge and wisdom. As often as Scripture speaks of wisdom, it can be difficult to define. Our English word, wisdom, comes from the Hebrew, chokmah, which is defined as “the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding.” Wisdom is the ability to see something from God’s viewpoint. As Bruce Hurt has concluded:
We can get INFORMATION “on LINE” (from Google)
but WISDOM is from “on HIGH” (from God)!
Perhaps that’s why Scripture always emphasizes wisdom over knowledge. It is wisdom that leads to a proper reverence of God. It is wisdom that is worth more than silver or gold. Knowledge is cheap these days – a mere click away. But, wisdom must be pursued through an ongoing relationship with God Himself.
Which are you pursuing more – knowledge or wisdom? –Dave
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! (Proverb 16:16)
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