SOME people, it seems, mistakenly think that wisdom and knowledge are one and the same thing.
Just because someone is a rocket scientist, a brain surgeon or a computer wizard does not necessarily mean they have the wisdom to handle their finances well, to enrich their marriages and to enjoy good friendships.
On the other hand, there are ordinary people the world over for whom a decent education is but a dream, but they handle life’s challenges extremely well. What is their secret?
They have proved the truth of the famous old words: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Finding this wisdom will mean, for rich and poor, for educated and uneducated, an incredible help in two major areas.
Firstly, we will be saved from reaping the consequences of thoughtless actions.
The Bible says this: “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.”
In our prisons, there are probably many who are saying to themselves: “If only I had stopped to think of the consequences.”
God, in his love, has told us in the good book how we are to live and the wise put this into practice and it saves them from sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind.
Secondly, we will be saved from being enticed into very bad company.
The Bible could not be more clear. “The Lord stores up sound wisdom for the upright ... to deliver from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech ... and the adventuress with her smooth words.”
The sad cry of so many is: “I just got caught up with the wrong crowd.”
For others, even among the rich and powerful in our world, this is their sad experience.
Far better to live with God’s wisdom in one’s heart than to settle for knowledge alone. It’s not either this or that, but both.