“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

Even though wisdom and knowledge are related, they’re not synonymous. Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting. Knowledge is information gained through experience, reasoning, or study.

God wants us to have knowledge of Him. But knowing about God isn’t all there is! God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him.

The great missionary E. Stanley Jones said, “There are those in our churches who know about God, but don’t know Him. They are informed about Jesus but not transformed by Him.”

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. If knowledge is information, wisdom is the understanding and application of that knowledge. Knowledge is measuring a desert path. Wisdom is packing enough water for the hike.                                                     

Sadly we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it. We live in a world that worships knowledge, but lacks wisdom.

God sent His only Son so that we might have the wisdom to accept His forgiveness and have life everlasting with Him, regardless of how much knowledge we may or may not have.

Father, no matter how much I know about You, I want to really know You and walk in Your ways. Help me to follow Your plan for my life, and to know that I am truly transformed by Your grace and born again into the kingdom of Heaven.

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Focus on God and His Word, but drill down deeper from knowledge to spiritual transformation. Accept His grace for eternal life through His Son, Jesus. 

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