The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs 9:10)
We live in an age of information overload. Knowledge is proliferating at an incredible rate. Consider this:
“Buckminster Fuller created the ‘Knowledge Doubling Curve’; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today…on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months. According to IBM, the build out of the “internet of things” will lead to the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours.”*
Yes, information is exploding. But at the same time, wisdom seems to be in short supply. And Proverbs 9:10 tells us why: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…”
You see, wisdom is rooted in knowing God. It springs from a humble acknowledgement of who he is, and who he has revealed himself to be. But the fear of the Lord is lacking and so, wisdom is on the wane.
Sadly, this is true not just in the prevailing culture, but within the Church as well. Worldly “wisdom” has replaced true Godly wisdom. Superficial (and often inaccurate) knowledge about God has replaced deep, meaningful relationship with God. We’ve made God over in our own image and jettisoned any standard that fails to conform to our own “truth.”
But God alone is the arbiter and determiner of truth. And wisdom wanes when, whether willfully or apathetically, we ignore his truth as revealed in his Word.
Knowledge is growing exponentially, but what we really need is more wisdom. So Paul’s prayer is my prayer: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:17)