I’ve always wondered (okay, not always, but sometimes when I’m bored) how as people do we truly seek knowledge and understanding. I mean, we say we do after all, that’s why we have things like Wikipedia. In fact a ton of TV shows and movies have their own wikis now. You have various Anime wikis, you have the NCIS wiki, you have the Wookiepedia (the wiki of Star Wars) and a host of others. To tell the truth, many people call today the “Information Age.” The age, that is, of being bombarded with information. A ton of it. All the time.
But do we actually stop and begin to consciously and deliberately seek true knowledge and understanding? Do you take time to truly understand how the world works? Do we take time to understand how things operate, what the cause and effect is in life itself? Do we set aside time to take a step back from the world and observe it from a different view point in order to process and contemplate what is going on?
Probably not. I mean, that’s why we have philosophy profs in colleges for.
It’s interesting that we honestly do have a choice in seeking knowledge and understanding. We can choose to learn more about the world around us or we can choose not to. We can choose wisdom or we can choose ignorance (in the book of Proverbs they call it folly). Some people (who will not be named) blatantly choose folly, choose not to learn and grow. One such celebrity persona non-learna is quite proud of this (again, I won’t name names, but I will give you a link here).
We choose our paths in life. This might sound weird to some, blasphemy to others, and very intriguing yet to another set of people. The world is filled with cause/effect. That is, you do something, something happens.
Looking at the world around us, we have two choices–seek wisdom or don’t. Do or do not, there is no try in this. There is no middle road.
In the book of Proverbs we read
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17
Too often in life, we think we know it all. We get so inundated with information, some good, some bad, some just down right wrong (Food Babe anyone?) and we need to be able to discern what is wise and what is just wrong.
Sadly, too often we go with what we want to hear. We go with what backs up our own opinion or desire and ignore what others might say. And in doing so, say we’re knowledgeable about things and spout it off with authority and impunity.
But this isn’t seek wisdom. This isn’t living wisdom. This is just being an idiot (sorry, not trying to be mean…just a bit snarky but truthful… yeah, need to speak the truth in love not in snark). Yet so many times we follow this. We live this. We chase this. And we ignore true wisdom.
God gives wisdom when we ask Him for it. In fact, He gives it generously (James 1:5). Seek God’s wisdom. Seek it like precious jewels and treasure. Seek it as if your life depended upon it.
Well, it kinda does.
True wisdom, God’s wisdom, leads to a deeper understanding of who God is, about His world, about life itself, and about who you are. In seeking wisdom, in seeking the wisdom that God gives generously, we are able to learn about ourselves, who we are, how we operate, and how we are able to fully and truly live.
The greatest way to live out God’s wisdom is to seek Him in Jesus. Jesus leads us to a greater knowledge of who God is, of God’s desires for our lives, in a deeper understanding, hope, conviction, in how the world works through the hands of God Himself. In seeking the wisdom of God, we begin to see how the Holy Spirit moves, how He guides us and directs us. In seeking God’s wisdom, we become more alive, more spiritually aware.
It begins with choosing to seek God’s wisdom. It begins by choosing wisdom over folly, over ignorance.
There are two paths, but one choice. Choose wisely. Choose wisdom.