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Jul 18/2015

Gate Community Summer - Day 27

What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Is there a difference?

Knowledge: acts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Wisdom: the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. We have access to more information, more knowledge than we know what to do with. But something is still missing—great wisdom. There are many people who boast about their knowledge, education, and degrees, but they make disasters of their lives because they lack the right understanding.

Although few Scriptures advise us to acquire more information, many challenge us to seek wisdom. The entire book of Proverbs constantly points us towards seeking wisdom.

What is wisdom? The Bible (and Proverbs) makes a distinction between two very different kinds of wisdom:

A. Worldly wisdom is the use of knowledge and information. It’s based on human understanding and reasoning, but it is foolishness to the Lord (1 Cor. 3:19a). “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight…”

B. Godly wisdom is the capacity to see things from the God’s viewpoint and respond in all aspects of our life according to what the Bible tells us!

If we want to Hear God, then we must be fully aware of what God is telling us in the Bible. 

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