Drowning in Information

 This age has rightly been called the “age of information.” We have multitudes of books and periodicals in every field of study and practice and billions of dollars devoted to all kinds of research from finding a cure to cancer to the mating habits of field mice in Glacier Park! (That was the summer project of a fellow student at Montana State University). And now we have the “information superhighway” of the Internet where it seems everyone and every organization is posting information of some sort on its own website and email. You can find a blog site for about any subject imaginable and you can google to get information on any question you might have. The world is almost drowning in information–and yet we are starving for true knowledge and wisdom and understanding.

     Job, who was likely a contemporary of Abraham, asked an urgent question: “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12).  And the answer can never be found “online,” but only in an ancient book, as Job goes on to indicate: “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding’ ” (v.28).  This spiritual truth is found often in The Book. King Solomon, to whom God had granted special wisdom (see I Kgs. 3:11,12), penned divinely inspired words when he wrote: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…” and then “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Pr. 1:7; 9:10). The Psalmist also wrote: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments” (Psa. 111:10). If anything is missing in our information age, it is surely the ‘fear of God,’ and obedience to Him, at least among most people–even most religious people.
     Though man has plumbed the depths of the earth to find rich minerals ($20 billion worth in one gold field in South Africa alone), he has yet to find anything as valuable and precious as the wisdom of God. With all his vast amounts of information, man thinks he has wisdom and knowledge and understanding, but cannot through it come to know God. The Apostle Paul wrote: “For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside’ (cf Isa. 29:14). Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe…Because the ‘foolishness’ of God is wiser than men, and the ‘weakness’ of God is stronger than men…And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom…the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood…but just as it is written, ‘things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him’ (cf Isa. 64:4; 65:17). For to us, God revealed them through the Spirit…” (I Cor. 1:19,20,21; 2:4-9).
     Paul also tells us that “in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).  Those who ignore or reject Christ cut themselves off from true wisdom and knowledge and understanding, no matter what vast amounts of information they have available to them. When people suppress the truth about God and about the God-Man, Jesus Christ, not honoring Him as God, or giving thanks, “they become futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart is darkened, Professing to be wise, they become fools…For they exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship the creature rather than the Creator…and since they don’t see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gives them over to a depraved mind to do those things which are improper (such as homosexuality and lesbianism and murder and deceit and all sorts of wickedness)” (Ro. 1:18-30).
     If we are going to see a revival in our nation, a return to Godly wisdom and understanding, and a resulting reversal of the downward moral and spiritual decline, there must be a return to honoring God and trusting in Christ, not only for salvation through His sacrifice for us, but also as the source of true wisdom and understanding  through getting to know and following His Word, the Bible. Wisdom and insight and understanding are hidden from those with just worldly ‘wisdom,’ but are revealed to all who come to God with the believing trust of little children (see Mt. 11;25; 18:3: Eph. 1:8). And God knows, we need some Godly wisdom in our country right now!!
 
                                    Forever His,
                                        Pastor Dave
 
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About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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