Prov 24v3 says, by wisdom a house is built, through understanding it is established and through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
What builds, establishes and fills is different.
Wisdom builds, understanding establishes and knowledge fills.
I am being deliberate about clarifying this because we tend to use these 3 words as if their meaning is the same.
Knowledge isn’t wisdom as there are a lot of intelligent and very knowledgeable people who lack wisdom.
We have wrongly assumed that wisdom comes with age but there are plenty of foolish old people.
All that comes with age is experience, wisdom depends on whether we bother to process our experiences into something useful.
Wisdom isn’t knowledge, wisdom is the application of knowledge.
Knowledge knows a tomato is a fruit but wisdom knows not to put it in a fruit salad. We can’t gain wisdom only by increasing our learning, you don’t get wisdom from a book.
There are four levels of thinking:
- Data: facts and figures
- Information: collected and organized
- Knowledge: digested information organized as knowledge
- Wisdom: the application of knowledge.
Hosea 4v6 says, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, why? Because God doesn’t give knowledge, if he did people wouldn’t perish for lack of it.
James 1v5 if any lack wisdom let him ask god who gives generously.
Clearly God gives wisdom but knowledge is earned, learned, gleaned knowledge is work!
Knowledge is also power but we can’t have that power without the work of learning.
We may want to be powerful without increasing our knowledge, but that is dangerous. Knowledge fills, furnishes and decorates what wisdom builds. The greater the knowledge, the richer our surroundings become.
All too often in the church we kiss our brains goodbye as if it is some virtuous spiritual act but its not.
Commit to learning and growing, read widely, broaden your interests.
God wants your house and his to be filled with all the rare and beautiful things that only knowledge can provide.