Thought for Thursday

In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Knowledge, for example, is knowing that a tomato is actually a fruit instead of a vegetable; wisdom is not putting the tomato into a fruit salad. We all know many people who have a great deal of knowledge, but we all know few people who have a great deal of wisdom. There is no scarcity of knowledge, although it all needs a good filter to separate the good from the bad, the useful from the useless, the benign from the harmful, and the practical from the nonsensical. Wisdom is a much more rare commodity, and much of what is touted as wisdom is actually the doctrine of fools. How do we know what is true and good when it comes to both knowledge and wisdom? Our text tells us that we find it in the Lord Jesus.

When it comes to knowledge about a car, the best source of information is the company that made the car. When it comes to our natural, physical world, the best source of knowledge is the One Who created the world. As so-called scientists probe the sub-atomic world to seek out answers to the nature of matter, as they peer into the far reaches of space to determine its extent and chart its splendours, as they work with the laws and principles on which our creation is based, they can never find the boundaries of all that the Creator understands and could teach them. Only by aligning their findings and decisions on the truth contained in the Bible can scientists maintain true knowledge. Although not specifically a science book, the Bible’s science is totally accurate and is far deeper than we can realize. The truths of Scripture are the keys to the knowledge available from the Lord Jesus.

Let us define wisdom as the correct application of that which is right. A wise man may lack knowledge but correctly uses the information he has. The world incorrectly identifies many people as wise who have incorrectly applied the knowledge they have to come up with false theories, doctrines, and programs. Look at how the evolutionists proven themselves fools by developing and promoting an impossible theory. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. The idea behind that verse is that the fear of the Lord provides the only sound foundation for wisdom. All wisdom that defies Scripture is a foundation that will eventually crumble and vanish. The words of the Lord Jesus are all wise, and the words that contradict His are all foolish.

The great mysteries of the person of Christ include the depths of the knowledge that is hid in Him, and the wealth of wisdom that is Himself. – Jim MacIntosh

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