Knowledge Versus Wisdom

Donna Westrate

READ : Proverbs 1:1-7

How much energy we devote to attaining the esteem of others. Pleasing our boss, pleasing our spouse, pleasing our parents/children occupy most of our earthly time, second to pleasing ourselves. In pursuit of these pleasures we seek to gain worldly status. We work very hard to obtain a college degree. We spend an astronomical sum of money to secure it. There is nothing wrong with the pursuit of knowledge. However, that in itself means nothing on the spiritual journey because worldly knowledge is continually changing.

Nowhere in Jesus’ teachings on earth does He preach the necessity of a college education. Jesus had no Ph.D. He states that it is more difficult for the learned and the rich to enter the kingdom, maybe because they rely on their knowledge and their wealth, rather than on the Lord.

Wisdom is a gift from God, something we are given as we ask for it, and enables us to apply all our skills to the glory of our Lord. Wisdom enables us to see God’s purpose for our life and helps us be the “success” God desires for us. When we commune with God, we will be guided through the Spirit to do what is pleasing in God’s sight.


Father, make us hunger and thirst for knowledge of You and Your wisdom. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.