Psalm 111.10, 14.1 – Wisdom
Posted: 30 August 2010 in Psalms

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalm 111.10)

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. (Psalm 14.1)

Wisdom and cleverness are two different things. It is entirely possible to be both very clever and very foolish. A wise fool, on the other hand, is an oxymoron.

Being clever is a matter of being able to acquire large amounts of information, and being able to manipulate it effectively, so as to draw new conclusions. Such cleverness can just as easily be used to build an atomic bomb as it can to serve God.

Being wise, on the other hand, involves conforming ourselves to the nature of reality, and, as a result, being able to navigate our way through this earthly existence without any major mishaps. For a Christian the fundamental nature of reality lies in its being God’s creation, with ourselves being part of that creation. Conforming ourselves to the nature of reality means seeking to know God’s will, obeying it, and living for his Glory.

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