PRINCIPLE # 3
One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership and management is the need for pursuit of Knowledge. Great leaders are never satisfied with traditional practice, static thinking, conventional wisdom, or common performance. In fact, the best leaders are simply uncomfortable with anything that embraces the status quo. Leadership is pursuit – pursuit of excellence, of elegance, of truth, of what’s next, of what if, of change, of value, of results, of relationships, of service, of knowledge, and of something bigger than themselves. Good leaders understand it’s not just enough to pursue, but pursuit must be intentional, focused, consistent, aggressive, and unyielding. You must pursue the right things, for the right reasons, and at the right times.
Today, the average manager is bombarded with new management theories promising instant success. Many experts present themselves as the supplier of knowledge and are handsomely rewarded for their contribution. But does any of this make wisdom? Management history has shown that more often than not is the relentless pursuit of knowledge, sometimes spanning hundreds or even thousands of years that reaps the most fruitful rewards. Most all advancements in management of the enterprise are evolutionary in nature. Except for few individuals who may or may not be responsible for significant advancement in human knowledge, all advancement in the knowledge base is derivative. Simply put, this discipline we call management has evolved over several thousand years. The words of hundreds of academics and practitioners both past and present support the fact that modern management techniques are built on the experiences of the past. “Leaders are idea brokers that enable the exchange of ideas to benefit their organization” This exchange of ideas is part of meaning and measurement, the ability to procure new knowledge and then integrate that into the framework of the organization.
organizations that achieve and sustain excellence are ALWAYS led by visionary leaders who embrace change; who encourage innovation and risk taking; who create a shared vision and then are unrelenting in their constancy of purpose toward that vision; who value talent and focus on their workforce’s and their own continued development; who use knowledge to make decisions and who consider their people in every important decision to be made; who are defined by character, integrity, and ethics; who create an environment that fosters collaboration, involvement, and empowerment, In short, performance excellence requires leaders who are simply make every effort to procure new knowledge for excellence.
Aristotle said “All men by nature desire knowledge.” Socrates acknowledged that “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” Martin Luther King affirmed “Science investigates, religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.”
Man has the ability to acquire knowledge, preserve it and pass it on to the coming generations. This has given him the power to control the forces of nature and use them for his benefit. Knowledge directs our actions and enables us to find the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. It helps us overcome our weakness and faults and face dangers and difficulties with courage and confidence. It gives man mental, moral and spiritual advancement. Besides this, it is through knowledge that man has gained mastery over nature.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge is the ultimate weapon and the ultimate defense. Since the dawn of civilization, the powerful have restricted the Knowledge available to common folk, and that is precisely how they maintain their power. Knowledge plays an important role in all spheres of human life and activity. It is a powerful factor which helps man to attain success, power and position in life. There is no doubt that physical strength and money are instruments of power. But the power of knowledge is still greater. Man is physically weaker than many animals. He cannot see as for as an eagle; he cannot run as fast a panther his sense of smell is weaker than of dog. He cannot carry heavy loads as some beasts of burden do. He cannot fight lions and tiger with his bare hands. Yet he has managed to become the most powerful creature on the earth. His power comes from knowledge not from physical strength.
There was a day when man was in an uncivilized stage. He lived in caves and dens. He was afraid of wild animals. Gradually civilization came to human society and man acquired knowledge. With its attainment he became civilized. Now knowledge has made him ruler over nature. He has used the force of nature to his needs. Nothing remains unknown to him. He has become a great scientist, skilful artist, a mighty creator of things and a noble path finder of life. Advancement of civilization and culture would be impossible without knowledge. Knowledge plays an important role in the progress of art, literature, science, philosophy and religion. So knowledge is power. It has led man for progress. Mighty minds with power of knowledge can rule the minds of millions.
On the other hand it is necessary for mankind to use the knowledge and power wisely; if we use our knowledge wisely we can create a better and safer world than the world today. Knowledge and power alone cannot bring happiness to mankind. We have not used our knowledge and power for benefits of entire mankind. Those persons and nations who happened to possess knowledge and power in the past used it for creating personal and national empires by conquering more lands and enslaving more people.
This is true; the man who knows has an advantage over the man who does not know. In this way the educated classes have always been able to rule over the ignorant. During the middle Ages in Europe, the only educated men were the priests. Great barons, brave knights, kings and ruling princes very often could not even read and write Kings had to appoint priests as their ministers. Unless the king was a man of very strong character, the power, supposedly his, was in the hands of learned and clever priests. The soldier, the man of the sword, thought he was the master; but he was really in the hands of the priest, the man of the pen. The pen was mightier than the sword.
It was the same in ancient India. The learned Brahmins were for ages the real rulers of India. They dominated the lower, ignorant castes; and their knowledge enabled them to manage the Rajas and Maharajas. In the same way, and for the same reason, civilized nations can dominate ignorant savage races. A handful of learned men can control thousands of illiterate natives. It is their superior knowledge, and the weapons, organization and character which that knowledge has given them that give the cultured man power over these people who are physically, but not intellectually, their equals. In both east and west today, education is so widespread that even the working classes are educated people. As they have advanced in knowledge, the common people have advanced in power. So in the great democracies the people now rule themselves, and are no longer under the domination of a particular group.
However our knowledge has not enabled us to completely banish crime, corruption, war, violence, discrimination, poverty, illiteracy and evil in the society that prevails and destroyed man from very beginning. In fact we have used immense knowledge acquired in the past two or three centuries to make war and violence more and more horrible. The last century has seen man reaching the moon and exploring the deep space, had also seen two world wars in which millions of people were killed. These wars were started by nations who meet most advanced nations in the field of knowledge and power.
Knowledge is no doubt a power it has changed the surface of earth it has brought countless happiness for man but is must be used in the right direction and for the welfare of whole humanity. The knowledge that creates the articles for destruction of man is not knowledge but a curse. But knowledge which opens the gates for human happiness is in fact knowledge which should be acquired. There are certain theories and dogmas which have diverted man and women from the pursuit of true knowledge and make them content with their ignorance and stupidity. All the ills of humanity arise from ignorance. With true knowledge we can at least over come ignorance. The key to knowledge is a vigilant and disciplined mind. Knowledge has to be learned.
In the Bible God says
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
“For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 8:11)
“He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.” (Proverbs 19:8)
“A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.” (Proverbs 24:5-6)
Scripture often uses the words knowledge, understanding, and wisdom interchangeably, but occasionally they are spoken of as separate and distinct. Thus, it may be useful to attempt to define the differences of meaning. You see if God thought all three of these were the same thing He wouldn’t have included each of them in these verses as different and separate qualities. What we can clearly see is an interrelated set of dependencies called knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Each of these three elements are mentioned separately and yet joined together in a common set of themes. Instead of going through these verses individually, let’s take each word and analyze what they are and see what God says to us. “By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided. (Prov 3:19-20)
So let’s start with Knowledge! Knowledge is the facts, Information, memory, academic insight, those with knowledge are able to collect, remember, and access information. They "know" the Scriptures. God's word is literally "in them". They are scholars. Knowledge is the accumulation and familiarization with information and facts…and facts are statements of truth. But, it is possible to have knowledge and lack understanding and wisdom; to have the facts, but have no clue as to the meaning or what to do next.
Knowledge is the full utilization of information and data, coupled with the potential of people's skills, competencies, ideas, intuitions, commitments and motivations. Knowledge is needed because there are problems as a result of the fall of mankind. Knowledge that is true allows problems to be solved and avoided. If a car breaks down, mechanical knowledge is useful, otherwise it is unnecessary. It is the same with all of life's problems. God gives us knowledge to help "fix" broken people, protect ourselves from the difficulties of life, and allow love to express itself in good works.
Prov 24:3-4 (NIV) By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
What is Knowledge Management?
Over the past decade, the core development in strategy has been the recognition of the importance of Learning and Learning Organization concepts. In fact, it is increasingly recognized by organizations, individuals - and even Nation -that: "Effective learning is the only sustainable competitive advantage".
This focus on Learning has been extended into a whole new industry called 'Knowledge Management'. Obviously, if you are concerned with learning, it is natural to ask the question: What are we learning? And perhaps even more importantly: What do we need to learn? This development has coincided with the widespread use of computers which created substantial new challenges from what is known as the 'information explosion'.
Knowledge management is an audit of "intellectual assets" that highlights unique sources, critical functions and potential bottlenecks which hinder knowledge flows to the point of use. It protects intellectual assets from decay, seeks opportunities to enhance decisions, services and products through adding intelligence, increasing value and providing flexibility. Knowledge Management refers to a multi-disciplined approach to achieving organizational objectives by making the best use of knowledge, Knowledge Management is the discipline of enabling individuals, teams and entire organizations to collectively and systematically create, share and apply knowledge, to better achieve their objectives"
Knowledge Management is the systematic management of knowledge for the purpose of creating and civilizing value, morals and standards in life and meeting tactical & strategic requirements; it consists of the initiatives, processes, strategies, and systems that sustain and enhance the purpose, meaning, accomplishment, innovation, development, assessment, sharing, refinement, and creation of comprehension and wisdom.
Knowledge is the basis for the other two, understanding and wisdom. Without knowledge you cannot have or obtain to the other two. So if we used an analogy of a ladder, knowledge would represent the first rung on the ladder. So what is knowledge? In the most basic form you could say that knowledge is the accumulation and familiarization of facts. A fact represents a statement of truth. A fact is a true event, a true person, a true concept, a true law. For example, when you learned the multiplication table in grade school as a child you accumulated mathematical facts of numbers. One times One is One. One times Two is Two. Two times Two is Four. These are all mathematical facts or truths. If you memorized them, you gained knowledge of these mathematical truths. At the same time you learned the fact that 2 x 3 = 6, you also gained implied knowledge of the mathematical concept of multiplication.
In the same manner when you read the Bible verse by verse and chapter by chapter you begin to accumulate knowledge, facts such as people, places, things, concepts, laws and such. By gaining the knowledge of facts you are experiencing the accumulated process of learning. So knowledge is the accumulation of both explicit and implicit facts. However, knowledge is also much deeper and has many other implied Biblical meanings. In the book of Hosea the 4th chapter and the 6th verse says:” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:.” God wants you to “know” Him spiritually. He wants you to “know” His word. If you know God’s word you know God. So reading and studying the Bible ought to be a time of spiritual intimacy between you and God. Knowing this, it should change a lot of your attitudes toward reading the Bible. In this verse in Hosea it also shows us a concept that is called “forget”. To “forget” something means that you once knew it, but now you have let it slip. To forget something means it has become unimportant to you. This is a very important part of knowledge and knowing something to keep and maintain a high and important place in your mind and in your spirit. If it was important enough to learn, it is important enough to hold on to.
is the process of working with the information or facts (reading, rereading, meditating, discussing, etc.). As we do this we begin to see meaning and principles emerge. Understanding is the ability to lift the meaning out of the facts, or comprehension of Principles, Reason. Those with understanding are able to abstract the meaning out of information. They "see through" the facts to the dynamics of what, how, and why. They are teachers. Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into crisp focus. Understanding produces "rules of thumb" or principles.
Pro 4:7 says “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
This verse starts by stating that wisdom is the highest rung on the ladder, the principal thing that we are all hoping to gain from studying God’s Word is said to be wisdom. But, it then declares with all your getting makes sure that you also understand. Generally speaking, “understanding” is the correct organization and ordering of associated facts and truths. What we can see in this verse is the reference to all three key subjects. God is telling us all to “Get Something” and that something is His knowledge. God still tells us that Wisdom is the ultimate goal of all of our getting, however to get to wisdom, we first need to achieve understanding by first gaining accumulating facts.
When God’s Word commands us to grow in "knowledge", the Greek word is "epignosis", or a "full knowledge". Knowledge of God’s Word leads us to an "understanding", which is the Greek word "sunesis", which literally means "a flowing together of two rivers". "Sunesis" is a picture of two of our lists of facts merging together and our understanding becoming deeper and wider. In 2 Tim 2:7, Paul says “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (sunesis)". Knowledge and understanding leads us to "wisdom". The English word "wisdom" is a translation of the Greek word "sophia", meaning the application of knowledge and understanding. God’s Word does not tell us to pray for knowledge, understanding, or even faith, but in James 1:5 we find “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.".
"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many people know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom."
(Charles H. Spurgeon)
(Charles H. Spurgeon)
“Wisdom is the power that enables us to use our knowledge for the benefit of ourselves and others.”
(Thomas J. Watson)
(Thomas J. Watson)
“The more knowledge we have the more wisdom we need to ensure that it is used well.”
“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
(Anton Chekhov (1860-1904))
(Anton Chekhov (1860-1904))
Wisdom tells us what to do next, how to apply what we have learned. So Wisdom is applied knowledge, Application, Action. Those with wisdom know which principle to apply now. Those with wisdom know what to do next; they know which way to go. They do the right thing. In contrast, there are many who have great knowledge and understanding, but consistently do the wrong thing. Wisdom, in this sense, is the goal, and knowledge and understanding only have eternal value as they result in wisdom, or what we end up doing. and only have eternal value as they result in – wisdom that shapes our decisions and actions in conformity with God’s plan. In essence being wise involves the ability to apply wisdom effectively in practice.
"Our values are revealed by what we do, not by what we say." (Anon) "It is not enough to know what is good; you must be able to do it." (George Bernard Shaw)
As we learned earlier it is the principal thing that we are trying to gain from studying the Bible. What exactly is wisdom? I would say wisdom in it’s simplest terms is the practical application of correct knowledge and understanding. Knowing what to do, when to do it and with who to do it, that is the revealed ability to make wise choices. Wisdom certainly involves other aspects and there are men of God who teach very in depth on the subject of wisdom so I will not venture to repeat what they can teach you more efficiently and effectively. But, by correctly knowing God’s word and understanding it, God will give you the wisdom to make right choices in your life. Wisdom is a gift from God and it comes from knowing God personally. In James 1:5, God says if any man lacks wisdom; let him ask of God who gives to every man liberally.
This verse teaches us that not every man has wisdom but then informs us where true wisdom can come from if we desire to have it. So making the right choices in life is possible with God as your source and your guide. By His Spirit, God guides His people to make wise choices. However, making wise choices start by knowing God’s Word first. By knowing God’s Word, it builds your character, and guides your moral convictions. The wisdom of God allows you to put together good choices in life and allows you to be a better and a more successful human being.
By Wisdom A House Is Built
The foundation of a house is wisdom. Christ is the Cornerstone and the embodiment of wisdom. Jesus Christ has become for us wisdom from God: "It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption" (1 Cor. 1:30). Things in this life do not make sense until we find God and receive an understanding of His ways. The first thing we must do is to build on a foundation of wisdom. What is wisdom? Biblical wisdom is the ability to use the best means at the best time to accomplish the best ends. The only way to do this is to give our lives to Jesus Christ and then follow Him completely. Since God created us, He certainly knows what we need to do, in order to live in the world He created. God is the manufacturer who gave us the Bible as an instruction book. True spiritual wisdom, knowledge and understanding originated in the heart of God and can only be given by Him. "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (Jas. 1:5)
"By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew" (Prov. 3:19-20).
The greatest encouragement we can all find is in the foundational truth that God Himself is the Builder of all things (Hebrews 3:4). In fact, "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it"(Psalm 127:1) Godly wisdom is "knowing and possessing the heart of God." This wisdom is the governing and guiding principle which directs our lives. Through knowing God's heart and being established in intimacy with Him, we continually receive the knowledge and ability to complete every assignment He gives. Proverbs 11:2 tells us, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." So, if "by wisdom a house is built" we must have humility that is demonstrated by our willingness to completely surrender to the Master Builder!
There is nothing in this world too difficult for God. There is no crisis that man cannot overcome by means of the supernatural wisdom of God. Therefore it is critical that we understand that in re claiming and rebuilding our life and families, we must go to God for help.
The wise man Solomon describes three fundamentals not only for building a house, but also a home. We find three words, in reverse order, in the Bible “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”(Proverbs 24:3&4,)
The book of James is the book of wisdom in the New Testament, and the book of Proverbs is the book of application in the Old Testament, and both are urging us to apply God’s Word to our lives.
In Colossians 1:9-11, Paul prays for the Church at Colossia, that they "might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding". Christian growth requires knowledge of God’s Word. A "little knowledge" leads us to a "full knowledge", which leads us to "understanding", and the final result is "wisdom". Knowledge and understanding alone should not be the goal of our life. Applying God’s Word to our life is what is important. James even says that faith without the resultant works is a dead (unproductive) faith! (Jas 2:17)
There is no greater wealth like knowledge and no severe poverty like ignorance because Knowledge is truth, light, love and vision .The higher our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds. No man's knowledge can go beyond his experience. You are your greatest investment. The more you store in that mind of yours, the more you enrich your experience, the more people you meet, the more books you read, and the more places you visit, the greater is that investment in all that you are. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. When you know better you do better.
To see an example of how Jesus applied these three elements during His ministry on the earth, we can look at Jesus teaching his disciples reading the story of the parable of the sower in mark 4:1. Jesus goes through the parable in a public setting giving to everyone the same basic knowledgeable facts, but in private he tells the 12 the meaning of all of the symbolic objects in the parable (Mk 4:10). The soil was the heart of man, the seeds were the Words of God, the bird of the air was Satan, etc. By explaining the parable to them he correctly put together the associated truths and facts so that they could have a clear understanding of how the Kingdom of God operates. We can begin to see why understanding is so critical, without understanding all you have is a mere information. This was an example of the Jewish leadership of Jesus’ day. These men knew a lot of facts written in their law, but understood practically none of them. Too many so called Christian are just people with some knowledge of some random facts. They do not understand how they fit together, or how they work, or why they are in the Bible, how they relate to God, how they relate to them, why they are important to know? so Start by learning the facts and then grow to understand what each of them mean and how they relate together. Continue to grow and understand how they apply to you specifically. Only by understanding who you are in Christ, why Jesus died on the cross, who Jesus was, and all of the other important subjects in the Bible will you ever be able to achieve to know a level of the wisdom of God. So let’s move on up the ladder.
2 Peter 1:3-4 – As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God has already provided all that we need for life and godliness, all things we need for our spiritual lives as well as our natural, earthly lives. If we want to live in more abundant life, we will need to increase our knowledge. We don’t pray for God to do for us what He has already done; we pray for wisdom and understanding so that we may know it and live in it. But we do more than pray for understanding. It is utmost importance that we study God’s Word for ourselves in order to gain knowledge of what God has provided. What is in your heart will control your life. You determine the degree of the knowledge of God in your life. It is up to you! It is up to you not God how far you go in life, how much you grow in the knowledge of God, how much wisdom you gain and how much you prosper. He has given us all His word. John 8:31-32 – “If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of mine, and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” It doesn’t say that the truth will set you free. It is only truth that you know that will make your free. Truth is here whether you know it or not. Redemption is available whether you know it or not, but you will only experience it to the degree you know it.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline”(Proverbs 1:7NIV)
Our age is eager in its pursuit of knowledge. It professes to be a truth-loving, and a truth-seeking information age. It is quite awake to science, and thoroughly in love with its marvels and mysteries. So the only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance .Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists in two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves . . . For quite clearly, the mighty gifts with which we are endowed are hardly from ourselves; indeed our very being is nothing but subsistence in the one God . . . Accordingly, the knowledge of ourselves not only arouses us to seek God, but also as it were, leads us by the hand to him. The most obvious source of godly wisdom is manifested in creation and fully revealed in His Holy word. Godly wisdom is the capacity to see things from the Lord’s viewpoint and respond according to His standard and scriptural principles. Knowledge confers you a good job and assures a secured future. The truth is: the more knowledge we have, the more advanced we become. The power of Knowledge is even more vital for students. The amount of knowledge a student commands strongly determines his or her academics, which decides how bright and successful his or her future will be. But how can an individual or a student gain this power of knowledge. Yes, hard work, dedication and commitment is the answer but without the right kind of divine intervention, these alone can't steer you towards attaining the power of knowledge.
From a study of God’s Word, we see that when Israel rejected the knowledge of God, God rejected them (Hosea 4:1, 6). Christianity is a religion of instruction. Where there is no solid biblical instruction, the Christian system can neither commence nor continue. Hosea 4: 6 says “ my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.“Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” The holy Bible speaks out another word for, "knowledge" the words, "truth" and "love." How truth and love relate to each other? Apostle Paul said the goal of education is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith 1Timothy 1:5. Education is not the goal, love is. Education is the means. It is subordinate. Truth serves love. Education serves relationships - mainly the relationship between us and God, but also between believers and believers, and between us and nonbelievers. The "purpose" of all our education is love. Bible says
…….”We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.” 1 Corinthians 8:1
Your brilliance is worthless if you’re not building up your brother—and even worse if you’re destroying him with your knowledge. Knowledge is essential, but it’s not sufficient. It takes knowledge for me to write this. We need to think. We must know the truth. But knowledge alone is not sufficient for the successful life. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:2 “If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Think hard. But know that it’s not enough. Paul says even if he had all knowledge but didn’t love, he would amount to nothing. In other words, you can be brilliant and worthless. Your brilliance is worthless if you’re not building up your brother—and even worse if you’re destroying him with your knowledge. So when you look at people, do you love them? Do you think, Let me use my knowledge to build this person up?
“And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, " (Hebrews 10:24). The aim of our "considering one another" is that we stir up love. The truth of doctrine and truth of people-watching unite to aim at love. Love aims at truth."Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth" (1 Corinthians 13:6). Love is glad when truth is spoken. Therefore love aims at truth. It supports truth.
The Source Of True Knowledge
Jam 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Prov 2:6,9-11 (NIV) For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.... Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Mat 11:25 (NIV) At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children."
Jam 1:17 (NAS) Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.
The foundation, the origin, the commencement of knowledge begin with the fear of the Lord - Reverence for God; respect for his law, his will, his government, himself; the fear of offending him, which will lead us to do right. This fear is not that of a slave; it is not mere dread; it is not terror. It is consistent with love, and springs from it. It is consistent with calmness of mind, and promotes it. It does not produce terror, but rather delivers from it, and preserves the mind from alarms. So Bible says “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29NIV) The fear of the Lord does not make us timid or weak. The fear of the Lord actually gives us strength with reverence and awe. When we fear the Lord, we don’t have to fear anything else. The fear of the Lord is a remedy for all other ungodly and unhealthy forms of fear. It’s like the saying “A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by man.”
The highest wisdom - the loftiest endowment of man - is that he "May" “Fear” know and honor God. Wisdom is the ability to discern what is edifying from what is harmful, what is safe from what is dangerous. Wisdom is about a right understanding and a right application of the way things really are. The fundamental fact about the way things really are is that God exists and is engaged with the creation. The fear of the Lord is to be God-conscious at all times.
Knowledge plays an important role in all spheres of human life and activity. It is a powerful factor which helps man to attain success, power and position in life. Knowledge directs his actions and enables him to find the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. It helps him overcome his weakness and faults and face dangers and difficulties with courage and confidence. It gives him mental, moral and spiritual advancement. Besides this, it is through knowledge that man has gained mastery over nature. Knowledge plays an important role in the progress of art, literature, science, philosophy and religion. So knowledge is power. It has led man for progress. It is a rich and a unique possession that cannot be stolen or plundered. The growth, success and future survival of mankind depends upon knowledge of God. Ephesians 5:15-18 reads, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wife, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
The knowledge of God is of great importance to our personal and private happiness. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” Here properly the book begins, and this is the first of the proverbs, and an excellent one. By "the fear of the Lord" is not meant a servile fear, a fear of punishment, of hell, wrath, and damnation, which is the effect of the first work of the law upon the conscience; but a Godly fear, and supposes knowledge of God as a father, of his love and grace in Christ, particularly of his forgiving love, from whence it arises, Psalm 130:4 --- it is a holy, humble, a reverential affection and devotion to God; it includes the whole of religious worship, both internal and external; all that is contained in the first table of the law, and the manner of performing it, and principle of acting: this is the first of all sciences to be learned, and it is the principal one; it is the basis and foundation of all the rest, on which they depend; and it is the head, the fountain, the root an source, from where they spring; and unless a man knows God, knows God in Christ, and worships him in his fear, in spirit and in truth, according to his revealed will, he knows nothing as he ought to know; and all his knowledge will be of no avail and profit to him; this is the first and chief thing in spiritual and scriptural knowledge, and without which all natural knowledge will signify nothing;