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Religious Reflections

Knowledge without wisdom

Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said; "Who is this that darkens My counsel with words without knowledge." (Job 38:1-2)

Job is in a fix and he and his friends (if you wish to call them friends) contend to have all the answers. The Hebrew translation of the word knowledge interprets as wisdom and understanding. So it might be fair to say that while they may have considered themselves to have all the answers, what they failed to accumulate was wisdom (understanding).

Too often we as Christians fall into that same trap. We know all the right catch phrases and portray to have all the academically intellectual answers, but we often fail to obtain understanding and wisdom. Perhaps that is because we are spending way too much time making it difficult, works orientated. Consequently, we find ourselves weighed down with knowledge, yet lacking in wisdom, grace orientated.

A gentleman by the name of Robert Fulghum wrote in one of his many books, "All I really needed to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandbox at Sunday school." What did he learn? "Share every thing - Play fair - Don't hit people -Don't take things that don't belong to you - Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody - Live a balanced life; learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some - When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together."

As we read the above list, we soon realize they are all centered on the three most precious gifts of our Lord. The gift of "Grace"; the asking for forgiveness and most of all forgiving others. The gift of "Love"; the loving of one another unconditionally. The gift of "Fellowship"; the gathering of people in an atmosphere of true caring and sharing for and with one another in the name of Jesus. All of these are accomplished through the wisdom bestowed upon us by God the Father through His Word, through the body and blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and as we are empowered in faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. It soon becomes very clear to us that wisdom is a gift from God found in the heart and not so much in the head. The attaining of knowledge through education is important. But of equal importance is receiving from God the understanding wisdom that is so preciously carried in His Word necessary to living our daily lives in the Christian grace, love, and fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ. A wisdom that dwells in the heart more that the head.

Just think about that for a minute. Consider what a better world it would be if we all strive to attain the knowledge that God provides us in His Word, the Holy Bible. Not only attain it, but live it as together we walked hand in hand into the world loving one another with the same sacrificial love as Jesus loves us. It should not merely be our goal to attain knowledge, but rather to attain knowledge grounded in the wisdom and understanding of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit That the Light of Him, Jesus Christ our Lord, who died and rose again that we should live would shine through us in all we say and do. May God richly bless you each and every day.

- Pastor Bruce K. Meier of the Sunnyside Calvary Lutheran Church

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