Most people think that wisdom and knowledge are the same thing but actually they are two different sides of the same coin. Knowledge is nothing but the facts known by a person whereas wisdom is the combination of experience and knowledge, with the power of applying them with soundness of judgement and discernment.
Biblically we can see that there are three different categories of wisdom and knowledge:
1. Worldly knowledge and wisdom that the world offers.
2. Heavenly knowledge and wisdom that the Bible offers.
3. Supernatural knowledge and wisdom that the Holy Spirit offers.
Worldly knowledge and wisdom are necessary and wonderful tools to advance in our earthly walk as long as they are kept in perspective. Heavenly knowledge and wisdom gained through God’s Word and prayer are necessary tools for our Christian walk. Those in the world who are not Christians do not understand the heavenly kind of knowledge and wisdom. That is why there is such a battle going on with the subject of LGBTQ. The world is vehemently against the heavenly knowledge and wisdom we have about ‘sin’.
The dictionary defines a fool as a person who lacks judgment or common sense. Whether worldly or biblically, it seems a person can be deemed a ‘fool’ even if they are filled with much knowledge.
I would like to look at what the Bible has to say about knowledge and wisdom along with who God calls a fool:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:2-7 ESV)
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord? (Psalms 14:1, 4 ESV)
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:20-21 NLT)
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. (James 3:13, 17 NLT)
Now I would like to look at the supernatural knowledge and wisdom that the Holy Spirit offers to the church:
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:7-8 NKJV)
So what is an example of this Holy Spirit gift of knowledge and the gift of wisdom:
And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ” Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.” (Acts 21:10-14 NKJV)
Agabus was given a supernatural ‘word of knowledge’ from the Holy Spirit to speak to Paul and those present with him, whereas Paul was given a supernatural ‘word of wisdom’ from the Holy Spirit to respond to it properly. Remember that it had already been revealed to Paul at the beginning of his ministry of how he would suffer for the LORD Jesus Christ:
But the Lord said to him (Ananias), “Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:15-16 NKJV)
Knowledge and wisdom, whether they are worldly, heavenly, or supernatural, are wonderful tools for this life. But it is saving faith that gives us the greatest gift of all, which is eternal life:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)
Let’s not be as the demons are who have a foolish belief:
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? (James 2:19-22 NKJV)
Here is a scripture and thought to leave you with. The last time we see lots cast in the Bible is just before the Holy Spirit was fully given on the day of Pentecost which then gave access to the supernatural gifts:
And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:24-26 NKJV)
My point is, even heavenly knowledge and wisdom are not always enough for us as Christians. We must rely on the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our agenda is based on what we see. God’s agenda is based upon the hidden things. David was the least likely in his family to be anointed king in his family’s eyes, but yet he was. Just think if the Churches and Christian Organizations across the USA sought God’s agenda. This past week I was very disappointed to see Chick-fil-a bow down to the LGBTQ agenda. Soon, if there is not divine intervention, we will see the Bible banned as a book of hate. It is already labeled a book of hate. Are you praying?