Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom”

  "Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom"   
       Knowledge involves the possession of facts.  Understanding properly organizes and coordinates those facts in the mind.  Wisdom applies knowledge and understanding in an appropriate and effectual manner.  In God, all three of these qualities flow in the perfection of truth and reality.

    "The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens.  By His knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew" (Proverbs 3:19-20).

    We trust the Lord first because of the intentions of His heart.  I Corinthians 13 reveals that character precedes capacity, including the ability to think - "And though I have all knowledge… and have not charity, I am nothing" (I Corinthians 13:2).  Nevertheless, our faith also rests in the infinite mind of God.  In challenging Israel to turn to the Lord, Isaiah declared,  "Hast thou not known?   Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?  There is no searching of His understanding" (Isaiah 40:28).  Indeed, Someone exists who knows, understands, and perfectly applies wisdom in everything He does.  Everything.  This constitutes a mistake-free eternal existence in God and by God.  "His way is perfect" because His mind is perfect (II Samuel 22:31).  Thus, we may rest our hearts in the safe haven of our Lord's heart, and also in the peace of knowing that He knows all.  All.

   We have no frame of reference for perfect knowledge, understanding, or wisdom.  In real terms, the smartest and wisest among us know so very little.  Dim is the bulb of the human race, especially in comparison to the brightly shining light of God's infinite and ineffable mind.  We do well to look to Him in admiration, affirmation, and adoration of such glory, and also to trust Him for the proper usage of our own minds.  Through the Spirit of Christ, our Heavenly Father makes possible our ability to think well in accordance with His perfect thought.  "In Thy light shall we see light" (Psalm 36:9).  We "lean not unto thine own understanding", but we do "think on these things" (Proverbs 3:5; Philippians 4:8).  Thereby we rest our hearts in peace, and thereby use our minds to know and understand in "the wisdom that is from above" (James 3:17).  

"The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity."
(Psalm 94:11)
"His understanding is infinite."

Weekly Memory Verse
    And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock.
(Exodus 33:21)

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