Regarding mankind's pursuit of wisdom, God's Word exposes two different kinds: heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom.
This same distinction applies to knowledge: First comes 'The knowledge of the truth, which is according to godliness' (Titus 1:1, NASB):
'The knowledge of God' (Colossians 1:10), 'The knowledge of the Son of God' (Ephesians 4:13), 'The knowledge of His will' (Colossians 1:9), 'The knowledge of salvation' (Luke 1:77), 'Words of knowledge' (Proverbs 23:12) and 'Knowledge about the Way' (Acts 24:22). (All NASB).
On the earthly side are people 'Weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth' (2 Timothy 3:6-7, NASB), embracing 'Empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge' (1 Timothy 6:20, NASB).
The Apostle Paul warns young Timothy: 'If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound Words, Those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the Doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men...' (1 Timothy 6:3-5, NASB).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since most of you are high achievers, learning rapidly with gifted minds, you've probably met more than a few big-talking, intellectual snobs. The worst of them are within church walls.
When Hosea pronounced God's judgment: 'My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge' (Hosea 4:6, NASB), this death-inviting deficiency wasn't in their knowledge of the world; it was in their knowledge of God's Word.
So the next time you find yourself in the midst of religious arguments, avoid unholy halitosis, and act like one of the Bereans, 'Who searched the Scriptures daily, to find out whether these things were so' (Acts 17:11, NASB).
They chose the right Place to gain knowledge, and it wasn't through pretentious men.*
## Proverbs For Performers: Knowledge To Acquire (Part 9)
* Humble pastors and teachers are great blessings to church congregations and all seekers. They can offer opinions, resources and historical perspectives. But no human, regardless of education or elevation, should be your Bible translator. For those of us with the freedom to read and hear God's Word, we have no excuse not to make His Word our continual course of study.
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.