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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 2, 2010 - Wisdom or Knowledge?

By Jason Aaron Womelsdorf

Life is full of opportunity to pursue things that will bring joy and fulfillment to our lives. But we must cautiously distinguish between that which is good and that which is best. Knowledge alone cannot lead us in the way of the Lord. We need wisdom to discern what the Lord wants for our life and then follow what He speaks to our heart. It takes courage to follow what the Lord speaks to us, but He has promised that in all things He will work for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

The Book of 1 Kings offers the example of King Solomon, the son of King David and Bathsheba. The Bible records Solomon, a man with an incredible destiny, as being the wisest man who ever lived. How did he gain that wisdom? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10, NIV). Solomon was a humble man who recognized that he was nothing without the Lord. He knew that without the Lord’s assistance and guidance, he would not be capable of leading the people of Israel in the direction the Lord wanted the nation to go.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Solomon did this very thing. God asked Solomon what He could give him (1 Kings 3:5). Solomon’s meek response pleased the Lord and opened the gates for the Lord to do with Solomon exactly what He wanted to do — bless him. “I [the Lord] will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be” (1 Kings 3:12).

Knowledge is simply an accumulated account of facts, but wisdom is the ability to possess good judgment in the use of those facts. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7). May each of us choose today to recognize that the Lord desires wisdom rather than merely knowledge.

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). Study the Word of God to find out His will for your life and the purpose for which you were designed. Study His Word to show that you are “a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). You will never regret seeking the Lord and then obeying what He speaks to your heart.

— Jason Aaron Womelsdorf is a lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

 

 

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