Read 1 Corinthians 8
Focus on verse 2-3
When I was a child – I thought my dad was the smartest and strongest person in the world. When I got to be around sixteen or seventeen I still loved and respected my parents but it seemed to me that I had not only caught up but surpassed them on the smartness scale. (You know what they say about sixteen year olds…we ought to elect one as president while he or she still knows everything!)
Interestingly, as I got into my twenties and thirties my parents wisdom seemed to grow exponentially. Somewhere around middle age is where it occurred to me that the more I learned, the more I realized how much more there was I still did not know – the end result being the older and wiser I get the stupider I feel.
In today’s reading the Apostle says it this way;
If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. (v. 2-3)
In other words, loving and being known and loved by God tops any amount of knowledge about the world around us. Knowledge is useful, but without the love of God it just puffs us up – essentially turning us into arrogant old fools. On the other hand, knowledge along with the love of God, helps us understand our place in the universe and makes us truly wise.