Have you met Wisdom Yet?

Wisdom is the ability to tell the difference (good and evil, love and hate etc.) and use this knowledge to its optimal potential.

Every Little Fear We conquer Adds to Our Wisdom

The older I get, the more I realize how little I know. Of course that observation comes with a side note that requires an accurate description of ignorance versus stupidity. All of us want to think we are very wise. Regrettably, confronted with the secrets of the universe, we quickly realize how ‘stupid’ we actually are. Or should the word be ‘ignorant’.

There are so many things we don’t know, and many things that we “discover” as we venture through the happenings of life. But these “things” that we discover, these new truths, are not new, except to us and our own ignorance. Many of these truths are sitting within the world we have been given and are waiting for us to discover them and make our world better. And we continue to discover. Recently I read that science now has all the answers to explain the existence of the universe. Scientific novelist Carl Sagan once said: Because science and discovery is inseparable from the rest of human endeavor, it cannot be discussed without making contact, sometimes head on, with a number of social, political, religious and philosophical issues.

Yet Science and Discovery does not Equal Wisdom

To the contrary. It is our wisdom that determines how valuable our discoveries are to us, in the way we apply them to our good, or bad, depending on our character. If I discover dynamite and its power, I am still left in charge of my faculties to determine good or bad and am to apply the wisdom of my choice to what I am going to do with it. If I choose, I can use the dynamite to blow up a bank and steal its money, or encourage a war and kill my fellow man: the opportunities for use of evil are endless. Or I can make the same wise choices to blow up a hole in a cave to find Gold, and use my newfound wealth to feed the hungry. In fact, part of the problem with these discoveries is, that they present endless choices of good and bad, and depending on how wise I am, I can apply my newfound discovery either way.

Herein is the application of wisdom, of determining how wise you and I really are. Do I use my newfound discovery (a newfound friend, a new job, a new TV Program, and aka a stick of dynamite) for good or evil? This is where you determine how wise you and everyone else is: How they use their wisdom for good or evil.

Wisdom simply defined is the ability to tell the difference. Yes, it’s just that simple. I know the difference between hot and cold, between ice and fire, and my wisdom tells me how to establish the difference and how to use it. The more I know about something in its difference, the wiser I become, and depending on my character of choices, I use them for either good or evil. I understand hard and soft, hot and cold, flexible and inflexible, and I use each term according to my wisdom. If ice is hard, I can walk on it. If its strength is questioned, my wisdom suggests I had better not walk on it until I find out how hard it is. Wisdom makes life simple: As I watch how someone treats someone else, whether it be my mother or father or sibling, or friend, I see how their treatment affects someone else, and I use my wisdom to effect the difference in how I act. My wisdom shows me the difference, and in my wisdom I decide whether I want someone to feel good in my presence or bad and then I act accordingly.

Greatness comes from Wisdom Applied Well

Wisdom is tested by how well you can tell the difference, and how you apply it.

My wisdom tells me that I have not paid enough attention to the wisest of old, to Socrates and Leonardo, to the Apostles and their writings, to Jesus and His teachings. It also tells me that if I do not apply myself to these teachings, they will wander away from me. My wisdom says that these great masters of spiritual life and history know so much more than I do, and they have passed their wisdom on to me, or at least made it accessible to me, and I should pay more attention. I have heard, “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Someone far wiser than I wrote that, but I have seldom followed it. What if it’s true? Why don’t we listen? Why are we so stubborn in insisting that everything should be our personal experience??

Truth is simple, and the more our wisdom is embedded in truth, the wiser we become, and the more on course remains our life, whatever that course may be. I cannot be fooled by the great Science of Evolution, because my wisdom tells me such Science is impossible. A flower has never become a frog; a turtle cannot become a man. I am not pitting myself against those that believe in Evolution: That is their affair. I only know that my personal wisdom tells me that The Theory of Evolution is (may be) false. And my wisdom also teaches me that lying, cheating, stealing, and killing is wrong. And a search for truth is right. But there is more to wisdom and that is understanding and appreciating the element of fear.

Overcoming Fear is the road to Wisdom

The Scriptures tell me, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” Although I am a stranger to the fear of the Lord as a human being, I seek to understand that fear, because I tell myself if I do not explore that fear, I will not be at the beginning of being wise, and my heart wants to be wise. And I begin to realize that to ignore and not fear the Lord is foolishness, for certainly the Lord has great Power, and to ignore that Power is to be on the opposite of wisdom. In my fear of God I seek to know him, and as I learn about Him, I learn He is not only great and powerful, but He is among other things Loving and Forgiving. And my respect grows as does my wisdom as it replaces fear.

And then I understand what the Bible means when it says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” And when I hear a man say “There is no God.” I know that he has not (yet) embraced the first principle of wisdom, and therefore I am careful in my dealings with that man. He may be successful in our material world, he may be fun to know, he may understand things in this world I do not, but I know he is lacking in eternal wisdom, at least by the wisdom of someone who has written this information beyond my understanding, and thereby I must be careful when I am around him.

How wise are you? Test yourself and determine how well you can tell the difference. Do you know the difference between Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, war and peace? Do you understand the difference between religion and spirituality, love and hate, peace and stress, goals and misdirection, forgiveness and manipulation, God’s Love and the Devil’s Hate? I assume you know people on both sides of the fence. Do you know the difference? Have you met Wisdom Yet?

(Learn more about wisdom and get the book, “I Know Where I’m Going; I’m Just Not Sure Where I’ve Been” by Dr. Keith Johnson on Amazon.com)

1 Comment

  1. Lee

    The instructions for wisdom are in Proverbs. All wisdom comes from the mouth of God, its known as the crown of wisdom or the 3rd eye depending on who you are talking to good / evil people God gives all men the desires of their hearts both the righteousness and the wicked how you use wisdom after you find it takes faith and rember this God lighteth eye of both the righteous and the wicked but the eye reseth

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