WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
When I was in high school at Hampden DuBose Academy in Zellwood, my biology teacher was also my geometry teacher. He was a very wise person. Mr. Glatfelter (“Mr. Glat” as we called him) was a man who loved the Lord and loved the Bible. His love of scripture included a particular joy in memorizing verses and encouraging his students to do the same. I will never forget some of the verses I memorized during those days. One that really sticks in my mind is the verse quoted above, from Proverbs 1. Mr. Glat always started every year by having us memorize that verse the first week of school!
The Bible places a very high value on godly wisdom. Look at Proverbs 8, for instance, a chapter where Jesus has been compared by many scholars to the wisdom taught in that chapter. One only has to consider the whole book of Proverbs to see that God knows how important and how utterly valuable His wisdom is. We need that kind of wisdom every day of our lives. God’s wisdom helps us to skillfully use knowledge and understanding.
Such wisdom is free for the asking as James 1:5 reveals. We must apply God’s word each day to the decisions, problems, and heartaches that we face. Only by “plugging in” to the wisdom God shows us in His word and in those times of prayer when we talk as well as listen to God, will we continually learn what godly wisdom is and how it can help us make the right choices no matter what.
I am thankful for wise people like Mr. Glat, who influenced me and other young people at an early age to seek the wisdom that comes from God. I am thankful that the Bible and prayer offer an ever-flowing stream of daily, fresh, heavenly wisdom. I would certainly be a fool just as our verse says, if I didn’t take every possible advantage of God’s wisdom every waking moment!
“Thank You, Lord, for giving me wisdom when I ask You for it. Help me skillfully use that wisdom to honor You by making the right choices every minute of the day.”