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Got Wisdom?

Do you, without looking it up all sneaky like. Know what the word wisdom means?

Does being wise mean the same thing as being smart or having knowledge? Am I wise if I am a smart guy that picks up on concepts quickly? Am I wise if I just know a lot of stuff, for example I know a good amount of computer related stuff, does that make me wise?

If you did look it up then you get this as a result.

wis·dom

noun

  1. the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

  1. the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Now that might of gone over your head. So let me make this simple;

Wisdom is knowledge and experience in action in such away that it glorifies God.

Simple right? Now why do I say it that way? Let me break it down a little, If I have a whole lot of knowledge but don’t do anything with that knowledge or if I am really smart but decide not to use my God given smarts and just coast through things with no effort then I am being wasteful of my gifts and not beneficial to anyone. It would be foolish behavior. Wisdom is taking what we have, in terms of knowledge and smarts and…actually using it. Taking what we know and acting on it.

Let us consider a really smart criminal. Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes, he was really smart. Moriarty has knowledge of how things work but he takes that knowledge and applies it to the act of stealing other peoples money without getting caught. Maybe he takes 1 cent per day out of 1 million accounts, no one is going to notice such a small transaction but it adds up to a decent amount. Would that be wise? No. Because he would be sinning and displeasing God. Wisdom is not the same thing as merely gaining knowledge or being intelligent. Proverbs 3:7 actually speaks against the type of wisdom that is focused on intellect;

“Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”

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Finding the question to the answer 42

So according to Douglas Adams and google the answer to “life the universe and everything” is 42. There is a whole bunch of interesting facts about this number, check them out here, be warned though, that video is pretty nerdy. But truth be told the answer is lacking, there is no real substance to the answer, and not knowing the question that goes with it leaves us still very confused. There may be a part of us that really wishes we could just accept the answer as 42 and move on with our lives. Personally I think that was part of Douglas Adams point. Pretty much as if he was saying;

“We don’t know the answer to the question but who cares? It doesn’t matter. Stop thinking about it!”

But try as we might, by virtue of the fact that so many over the years have asked the question speaks of something deeper within us. It is an echo of eternity within out hearts reminding us of something of far more importance than what the world is trying to sell. Truth be told, we ask this question because we are CREATED to do so. So allow me to introduce you to the REAL question and answer that literally changes lives…

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Musical Monday #23 – Taste of Eternity (Bellarive)

This band is not very well known to me but I have stumbled upon them and really enjoyed this songs concept. If we were to truly taste some of eternity our lives would be so much different don’t you think?

Just Quote’n (Piper) #1 and free book download

The below quote is from John Piper’s ’50 Reasons why Jesus came to die’  book you can download the full book here for free!

In our happiest times we do not want to die. The wish for death rises only when our suffering seems unbearable. What we really want in those times is not death, but relief. We would love for the good times to come again. We would like the pain to go away…We want life and happiness…We are kidding ourselves when we romanticize death…The longing of the human heart is to live and to be happy. God made us that way. “He has put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)…eternal life is not merely the extension of this life with its mix of pain and pleasure. As hell is the worst outcome of this life, so “eternal life” is the best. It is supreme and ever-increasing happiness where all sin and all sadness will be gone. All that is evil and harmful in this fallen creation will be removed…It is true every moment of life, now and always: For those who trust Christ the best is yet to come.

-John Piper

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