Facts are things that abound in this Information Age. Knowledge has increased through technology and our ability to accumulate, analyze and even compare facts enables us to build an edifice that is more toward wisdom. Do you know the difference between knowledge and wisdom? One of Virginia Tech’s slogans (the slogan of many other Universities too) has been, “Virginia Tech: A University putting knowledge to work.” Knowledge is a necessary step if one desires to be wise, however, knowledge does not guarantee wisdom. If we hope to be wise and prevent another Tragedy such as the 04-16-07 Virginia Tech Massacre, then we had best be certain that we are putting the knowledge and awareness after the Tragedy to work.
Wisdom is the proper application of knowledge; it is putting knowledge to work in a way that best corresponds to the Creation. The Bible makes it clear that accumulating knowledge is not enough to help us succeed or better our lives and help others. Knowledge must be applied and to be wise it must be applied properly. As noted in a previous post, Proverbs 1:7 says that “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” and Proverbs 9:10 says it is also the “beginning of wisdom.” Having an awesome respect of who GOD is and what HE can do is the foundation for all of life, and particularly if one hopes to truly be wise (the TOP lesson in my “Top Ten” Lessons tabbed above)..
Political knowledge will not make one wise. Getting the news through the media will not make one wise. All the good knowledge being taught through our educational institutions will not make us wise, and applying only some knowledge will not protect you enough from tragedy. Many do not understand the wisdom that is from above (c.f. James 3:17). If the wisdom that you have (and I trust you have some) is only earthly wisdom (c.f. James 3:13-15), then you are in trouble and not really very wise at all!