Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
The best educated people of any age live in the world today. Colleges are bulging with students, even grandparents are going to school! Evening classes are filled quickly, at least before the Corona Virus pandemic. Well now, skill set is packaged in virtual training, online seminars, conferences, and workshops. This 21st century witnesses the influx of professionals from the notable courses to the least popular, from the general to the minute, down to every tiny detail. With all this learning, shouldn’t the world be filled with wise people? Educated people should be happy people too, shouldn’t they? Parents are so full of knowledge and methods on child nurture, and child rights so expounded that this should be an exceptional generation of youngsters, shouldn’t it?
Though the world knows so much, does this guarantee peace and joy for all? Of course it doesn’t! When you know too much about any subject, your responsibilities become greater, your concerns are heavier, your freedom, oddly enough, is curtailed. Why? You are “informed” – you can’t excuse yourself by pleading ignorance. You are obliged to become involved. Your commitment grow so wide that you are stretched so thin.
Along with the education process must come wisdom, and wisdom is from God. “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6. Common sense in an uncommon degree, is what the world calls wisdom. As a child, we learn the facts about God and His universe. As an adult, with an understanding heart, we grow in wisdom and deeper understanding of His ways. Embedded in wisdom is the fear of the Lord. This fear involves learning about three main things: reverence, recognition and revelation.
Without reference you can acquire worldly knowledge far removed from the truth. You can labour in the garden of life not recognizing the difference between a weed and a flower. Only when you have reference for God and His ways can you enter into the realm of recognition.
As for recognition and revelation, purpose and design in all of the universe, as well as in the pattern of daily living, are of God. We are the works of His hand and it is never inaccurate to think or say that He knows us best. In having the fear of God can our knowledge of who we are be best acknowledged. “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood” Gal 1:15-16 KJV. Since “It is the glory of God to conceal…” (Proverbs 25:2), as well as reveal, your knowledge becomes wisdom when you learn the facts pertinent to your relationship with him.
One of the major causes of our problems in our world today is lack of the fear of God. Where the fear of God rules, the people and places are in peace.
The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Pro 19:23 KJV
So, how dangerous it is to think we have all the answers, and how foolish it is to think we know nothing! Knowledge of God is not like fruit on a tree, waiting to be plucked by the casual passerby. Rather, devotion is required to attain it. Start with what you have: the voice lifted in inquiry, the ear inclined to hear, the heart applied to understanding, the eye opened to seeing, the hand extended to receiving. “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them” (Proverbs 20:12). “Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.” (Proverbs 22:17)
How wonderful is the endearing wisdom of a person who dedicates his life to the Lord!
So, when you think you know so much or too much, just remember Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Yours at the feet of Jesus,