KNOWLEDGE VS WISDOM
“The fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7)
Knowledge is plentiful and is practically unlimited and continues to increase in quantity, but wisdom and knowledge are not the same. Many people confuse the two and some think that much knowledge indicates wisdom. Some count and tell us the quantity of fish in the sea and the number of animals on dry land, others count the types and numbers of trees in the forest and how many stars are in the sky, and although this is much knowledge it is not wisdom.
That is why the Prophets delivers God’s message about genuine wisdom: “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” We must not lightly dismiss these words for they are divine and most precious. We should not say different for they are from God. If we seek wisdom, God and His representatives are the only ones we need to heed for those who desire and love life, must realize that without a soul filled with fear and love for God, the genuine desire for real and everlasting life will not be present.
Those who deny that there is a God also do not realize their own purpose for existence and they lack wisdom, because, as God instructs, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Why must man have fear of God? Simply stated because fear is the source of wisdom. Following the fear of God, the love of God also arises in our souls and as our love grows wisdom increases in proportion. Some say that they do not fear God but that they love Him. But this is not reasonable for the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. Fear is the beginning and the most important first step. For whenever we take a wrong path, we must return to the beginning to get onto the right path, then start all over.
Why must we fear God? Because He is our Master and the Source of our existence and is the Creator of heaven and earth and all that exists. Because He is our lawmaker and our judge for which reason we ought to humble ourselves and offer Him our gratitude for everything.
. Why do we need humility? Because nothing we have is our own and humility opens our souls to reception of His wisdom which enables us to keep the law of God. It is interesting to note that men bow down and obey earthly kings and then are reluctant to bow down before God, the heavenly King. Bowing to Him shows our recognition of His majesty and glory. Man is superior to every other creature, not because he deserves it but because God has placed him in that high position, and has given men the potential to transform and grow into the image and likeness of God.
These divine truths cannot be grasped and understood except by those who have willingly humbled themselves and so escape the insidious trap of the evil one who snares men by planting in them a spirit of pride, rendering them unable to accept the simple truths revealed by God. God’s truths are indeed plain and simple truths but they describe the wonderful revelation concerning man which brings great joy and delight to the souls all the faithful.
As long as men continue to ignore God and His commandments, there will always be wars and rumors of wars, and revolutions on earth; crime will continue to plague us, nations will dispute and go to war against each other, these and many other evils will prevail, not that man is evil, but by ignoring God he attracts the evil spirit who becomes his mentor and deceptive guide.
Knowledge has an important place in our lives but wisdom and peace from God completely transforms us being the source of happiness and joy. For then our hearts experience the comfort of truth which comes from heaven and this brings peace into the our souls. If we already enjoy this divine experience we ought to share it with others. If at any time we find ourselves without divine joy and peace, we must turn to God and ask, for when we ask He will respond and comunicate with us, but we must keep the door of your heart wide open to His guidance. God loves and helps those who seek to do His will especially by prayer, fasting and almsgiving the basic foundation upon which spiritual life is constructed.