Sunday, July 25, 2010

The End Result of Knowledge. Proverbs 22:19

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We go to school or study and get our heads full of facts, formulas, dates and data. What is it all good for? What is the real purpose of education?

“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you.” Proverbs 22:17-19. NIV.

We are made to learn and grow intellectually. A normal, healthy mind is curious and learns even if it is the small and mundane things of day to day. The mind that does not learn is ill and experiences entropy.

In its wise sayings, the book of proverbs answers the question of what is the end purpose of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Modern man says it to get ahead, or get a better job, or to fulfill the “American Dream,” but proverbs teaches that knowledge is “So that your Trust may be in the Lord.”

God had a purpose when he gave us the ability to reason and learn. Learning about the natural universe around us reveals more of God, and a thoughtful consideration of what we learn ought to point us to Him. Since God created all things any subject whether it be science, math, history, sociology or literature or any other discipline draws us closer to The Lord. Even to study the structure of a leaf, or the composition of an element, or the progress of human history causes the thoughtful to see the hand of the Creator. His universe demonstrates His greatness, power, immeasurable creativity and awesome wisdom. To consider any discipline of study should cause us to declare, “Yes, there must be a God!”

Knowledge should cause us to trust in the Lord. How can you not trust in The One who is so All-knowing, and All-powerful? How can you not trust The One who made mother birds, created sunshine, gravity, stars, atoms, the heart, the eye, sound or any other thing you can consider?

Learning alone is not enough, we need help in our understanding. The proverb encourages us to “Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise.” God is not only revealed in creation but He speaks in the Holy Scriptures to make clear to us His love and purpose. Let’s become devoted to studying His Written Word and His creation.

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