Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Knowledge, Wisdom, Gifting (1)

The LORD intends for us to be more than what we are, more than that to which we have limited ourselves. The vast majority of us are ignorant and lazy which is not the Lord's desire for us but something we have done to ourselves. We allow ourselves to be side-tracked by useless diversions, things that tickle our flesh desires, that rob us of the LORD's plan for us. Without getting into specific purposes for each person I can tell you it is Yahweh's will that each of us gain knowledge, wisdom and gifting.

The one thing we are responsible for is gaining knowledge. It is simply the study of everything. We used to be a curious bunch and would gain knowledge by observation and experimentation. Then we built schools and called people who did this scientists and the rest of us went off to watch movies and play video games. Yet, we have all been given a great capacity to learn and gain knowledge. It is our Creator's desire for us to learn:

The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)

The only thing Yahweh asks is that we would keep the acquiring of knowledge within the context of our relationship with him:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

It is good to learn, to increase our knowledge but not at the cost of losing our eternity; not at the cost of losing our faith. There are a lot of things that mankind thinks it knows but it's because they have not sought knowledge within the context of our Creator. Unfortunately, the abuse of such knowledge has led most of our western society to replace Yahweh with other things. But this should not be an excuse for us not to seek proper knowledge, even to understand what the world considers knowledge. But we are lazy.

We would rather be entertained by the many diversions offered to us. We have become a society that chases after the ghost of leisure, paying whatever it costs for pleasure. How many books do you read in a year? I don't mean novels but books; biographies, history, science, geography. You may read the Bible but how much time do you commitment to actually studying it? Research? Commentaries?

You say you watch educational television but do you take notes and follow up with some self-studies to confirm it? You say you have the Internet, specifically Google, but do you know how to use it beyond checking your FaceBook and Tumblr? We have so much knowledge at our finger tips but we never actually try to consume any of it. We would rather watch some actors play out a fictitious story that will move our emotions and  soon be forgotten, adding nothing to us. Wow, what an incredibly lazy man I have been.

Gaining wisdom is desired of us by Yahweh because it makes us more useful to him. But knowledge alone will not work. It is possible to be an ignorant idiot or an educated idiot but we are still an idiot. We also require wisdom and gifts to be a well rounded and useful servant of our LORD. Return tomorrow and I will continue on this suspect, but for now, make a decision to make better use of your free time. It will honour our LORD.


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