I’m what you call a book nerd. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child and now, as an adult, I love seeing my books lined up on my shelves. Kindles and Nooks have their place but real, physical books remain supreme.
Naturally, while I’ve always loved the written word, my appreciation for their power has grown as I’ve gotten older. I love words, spoken and written. They encourage thought, they broaden knowledge, they convey emotion, they allow us to connect.
But knowledge will only take you so far. The key is to know what to do with what you know. To know what thoughts to have, what knowledge is worth possessing, how to correctly understand and express my emotions, how to effectively connect with those around me. It’s not enough to know that something needs to be done. That’s knowledge and that’s good. But we need something more to carry it through.
There are a lot of really smart people out there. But that doesn’t make them wise.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Psalm 111:10 KJV
That’s not what the dictionary says but as a Christian, how could I ignore such a clear definition?
Wisdom comes from God. Period. So now matter how many books I read, classes I take, conversations I take part in, credentials I collect, or experiences I have, true wisdom, the ability to discern between right and wrong can only come from God.
A complete lack of discernment is what makes smart people do really dumb things. For all I love my books and like to learn new things, I’d much rather be simple in my knowledge of the world and rich in the wisdom and knowledge of God. That’s almost a weird thing to say, like I don’t want book smarts or street smarts, which isn’t true, I do! But I also don’t want to be counted among those who consider lecture halls and letters after my name to be more important than the quiet moments I spend in the Word. Wisdom comes from those quiet moments because in those moments, the Creator of the universe speaks and my heart and mind feast on things that no other educational experience could ever hope to offer.
The truth is, I cannot ever hope to attain or cultivate real wisdom without a real reverence and deference of the Lord (that’s what fear of the Lord is). My pursuit of God heart must be first on my list of priorities. Then He can take my knowledge and turn it into something useful and meaningful for His purpose and glory.
I can safely assume that you’re a smart person 🙂 Are you seeking wisdom too? Are you actively seeking the heart of God so that you can discern between right and wrong and put all that knowledge and experience to good and proper use in the world?