An illusive pursuit…

Read Proverbs 30

Focus on verse 2-3

When I was in college, a favorite saying of mine had to do with the accumulation of knowledge. I had a poster in my room that said, “the more I study the more I know, the more I know the more I forget, the more I forget the less I know – so why study?” While this was intended to be tongue in cheek, there is an element of truth in it.

It was in the Psalms that we read, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” and certainly that is where it begins, but it does not end there. Wisdom is not the same thing as knowledge, but the two have some similarities. Knowledge has a strange reverse effect that works as follows: as we gather more knowledge, we also discover how much more there is that we still do not know, making us feel like we are actually losing ground in the pursuit of knowledge.

Wisdom appears to have a similar effect. It would seem that a person who is truly wise is one who understands that the more wisdom one gains, the more one realizes how little wisdom one really has, especially when compared to the wisdom of God, who not only is wise, but whom the scriptures describe AS the personification of wisdom. It would seem logical then to deduce that all wisdom essentially begins and ends with God. I suspect it is also for this reason that the wise man Agur states that he is “too stupid to be a man” because he wisely understands that it is only as He gets closer to God and understands more about God that he becomes aware of how little he really understands about God.

If we find this confusing, we need not be discouraged, it may well mean that we are wiser than we think, but we must also keep in mind that it tends to be those who assume they are wise that still have much to learn.

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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