photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/October 2010
Educated Beyond Wisdom
originally written 13 Aug 10
posted 28 Oct 10

Education is good—wisdom is better.

There are many “higher educated” people who
have neither wisdom nor understanding.

Don’t get me wrong…education is worthwhile.
Knowledge helps us interact with the world intelligently.
Academic & technical skills help us help others.
However, our education shouldn’t be what defines us.
Realistically, it doesn’t matter whether someone went to an Ivy League school
or to a local community college…because wisdom
cannot be bought with money.

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
Proverbs 4:7 (I don’t believe this speaks of money but life experiences)

“How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver!”
Proverbs 16:16

“Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,
since he has no desire to get wisdom?”
Proverbs 17:16

“He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.”
Proverbs 28:26

We should NEVER allow our education status overshadow
the wisdom only God can give!

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.”
Psalm 111:10

Our confidence should not be in worldly knowledge.
Rather, our confidence should be in the wisdom only God can reveal.
Higher learning facilities can give us knowledge in many different fields.
Only the Holy Spirit can make us truly wise.

For the LORD gives wisdom
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 2:6

Throughout the ages mankind has ignored the plain Truth…
in the end, leading to their peril.

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,
so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God,
they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him,
but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise,
they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God
for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
Romans 1:18-23

“How many are your works, O LORD!
 In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”
Psalm 104:24

“By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, 
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the deeps were divided, 
and the clouds let drop the dew.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight;
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety, 
and your foot will not stumble;
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.”
Proverbs 3:19-26

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
But to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written:
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
The intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’
Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?
Where is the philosopher of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world through its wisdom did not know him,
God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached
to save those who believe.
Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified:
A stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.
Not many of you were wise by human standards;
not many were influential;
not many were of noble birth.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—
and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who has become for us wisdom from God—
that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Therefore, as it is written:
‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

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