Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 10)
Knowledge: To Acquire
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Proverbs 18:15 (NASB)
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 24:4 (NASB)
In yesterday's study about 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):
'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).
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), embracing 'Empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge' (1 Timothy 6:20).
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).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since most of you are high achievers, learning quickly 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), 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 our whether these things were so' (Acts 17:11). They chose the right Place to gain knowledge. It's not through church lecterns or lecturers.* It's your own daily course through God's Word.
To Be Continued...
* 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.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.