Knowledge & Wisdom: The Same???

Knowledge & Wisdom: The Same???

By Marilyn Miller, M.Ed. Executive Director Da’Cipher 360°

 

 

 

The debate about wisdom and knowledge was settled long ago. The two words do not have the same meaning. Some of us have not figure out the difference between the two words and how they also work together.While working in the prison system for several years the subject came up quite often. The general consensus from my class was that the two words had the same meaning. Let’s see. {{more}}First, knowledge consists of facts, information and data acquired through human experience. There is a key word there, “Human” experience. Knowledge can be obtained from a school book, the internet, laboratory experiments or almost anything an individual decides to study.Wisdom enters the picture when an individual learns how to appropriately apply that knowledge in daily life by using discernment, understanding, being prudent, sensible, temperate, and using self control.Young people and older people sometimes indulge in activities that do not remotely resemble the use of wisdom. Do you know anyone who drinks and gets into a car and drives? This is an unwise practice. Even though it may be a fact that the person has driven many times after consuming alcohol and reached their next destination safely, wisdom says , “Don’t do it.” The ride may not be a safe one next time. Alcohol is known for slowing down a driver’s reaction time, it makes controlling a vehicle difficult and it puts the driver and everyone inside that vehicle at risk of being an alcohol related vehicular casualty. This is one example of lack of wisdom.Wisdom is needed to aid in living a positive constructive life. When wisdom is acquired and incorporated into your life, it helps you make positive choices for yourself and others around you. It will give you peace.Your next question may be where do you find this wisdom? It’s not found on Earth. Wisdom is a gift from God. You must ask him for it. James 1:5: “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.” Maybe someone is asking God to bless you with wisdom right now. Take it from me, someone is praying for you as you read this. It is also always good to ask God yourself for His wisdom. It will reduce the confusion and uncertainty in your life. Praying for wisdom can enrich your life and save you from a multitude of heartache. Mothers and fathers, pray for wisdom for your children. Children, pray for wisdom for your parents. Proverbs 4:6-7: “Do no forsake wisdom, and she will protect you…Though it costs all that you have, get understanding.”