One would think that with all of the information that we have at our fingertips, our society would be the most advanced society that ever lived as far wisdom is concerned. However, I believe we actually see a fulfillment of prophecy right before our eyes in that many are “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” To be frank, while we swim in an ocean of information, many are drowning in utter foolishness.
Information Or Wisdom?
Why is this so? How can a society that is able to look up information about any subject at any time be so devoid of wisdom? Here are a few reasons as to why this is so:
1. Immorality is a wisdom blocker.
Immoral people can see the facts, but wisdom is almost a foreign language to them. Immorality has a way of stopping their ears and it inhibits them from translating the facts into a language that takes effect in their lives.
We see this with King David in that, once he was tempted, he became what I call an instant apostate in that he acted as if he forgot everything he ever knew about God, life, and morality.
Righteousness not only exalts, but it also makes us a little smarter. Maybe this is why Psalm 111:10 teaches, “a good understanding have all they that do his commandments”.
2. Information that is attained too cheaply is of little worth in our lives.
Knowledge that comes too cheaply only turns into information rather than wisdom.
Some spouses will do well to embrace the struggle for growth in their marriage and family as the struggle has had a way of preparing the way for them to possess wisdom rather than dead information.
If I have heard this once, I have heard it a thousand times: if only I had come to one of your conferences or read your book when I was younger.
Actually, I have a response for that. Usually, I respond by telling people that 20 years ago they were not ready for it. The information would simply have stayed as information. But, now, the struggles in their life have prepared them to truly value the lessons they are learning.
Maybe instead of thinking our marriages have been one huge mistake after another, there is a different way to think. Could it be that all along your mistakes have been somewhat of a teacher? Is it possible that even your years of difficulties have served as a John the Baptist of sorts so that the true Christ and His teachings can find a place of value in your life and marriage?
I know. The lessons have been expensive. But, maybe for some, you get what you pay for.
– Dr. Force
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