Experts have charted the progression of knowledge that the world has produced, and the rate that is has grown over the last several thousand years. It’s quite startling.
Up until about 1900, knowledge doubled approximately every hundred years. By 1950, it was doubling every 25 years. In the year 2000, knowledge doubled every year….and now it sees to be doubling EVERY DAY.
Wow. Mind Blown!
With all of this knowledge, you would think that the human race would be progressing. It doesn’t seem to be that way.
While we may be gaining knowledge, it seems we have not gained wisdom.
There is a big difference between knowledge and wisdom.
The Bible tells us that “Knowledge puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). We have all been around someone with a lot of book smarts that was almost impossible to bear with. Their bragging and better-than-you attitude actually made them look pretty, how shall I say this…stupid. It seems to me this is how we communicate on social media, in politics, and unfortunately on issues of faith more and more. It’s not wise.
On the other hand, we have been with wise people that carry with them a humility that is born of pure motives. They care about others, and they seem to have learned from past experiences rather than repeating their error over and over. In the book of James, we are clearly told that a wise person proves their wisdom by living an honourable life (James 3:13). Wisdom may be an invisible quality, but it shows through how we live. It is rooted in our relationship with God (Proverbs 9:10) and is peaceable, full of mercy and shows itself through good deeds, among other attractive attributes.
The best part of it all?
Everyone can become wise. It has nothing to do with your “smarts” or GPA or level of schooling. It has everything to do with your relationship with Jesus and your willingness to both ask for wisdom and walk it out in your everyday life. The more you do wise things, the easier it gets, and the wiser you will become.
Let’s not get too caught up with a whole bunch of head knowledge that may or may not make a real difference in our lives, or in the lives of others around us. Instead, let’s pursue godly wisdom and walk it out by the way we speak, act and react to everyday situations.
Now that’s wise!