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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Knowledge-Wisdom-Insight

Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. Proverbs 2:3-7

It has been said that knowledge and wisdom are synonyms, but this isn’t true. They are actually two different things and if you include insight, you have a third. Knowledge is simply the gathering of facts and data. It’s what we learn, and in reality it is information. Wisdom on the other hand is about discernment. Wisdom looks at what we get through learning, i.e. knowledge, and make a choice to either apply it to our lives or disregard it.

People can spend their entire life seeking knowledge, and although it certainly has value, it doesn’t necessarily change the behavior or direction of an individual. Insight takes us to the center of our being. It is here that knowledge and wisdom come to a truer understanding. It is from here, at the core of our being, that we walk out what we hold to be true and it guides and directs our path in life. Someone said that knowledge is knowing what makes me happy. Wisdom understands that happiness doesn’t come from things, but rather from within. Insight is knowing that my purpose in life is greater than being happy in the moment. Ultimately we’re encouraged to seek all three, knowledge, wisdom and insight. However, too often we settle on knowledge alone. Perhaps one of the reasons we do this is because we operate more on what we believe to be true rather than what is true. Our knowledge base comes from within and we judge all information from this belief system. True knowledge comes into our lives through an outside source. Wisdom looks at knowledge and makes a decision about it. Seems simple enough doesn’t? I wonder why we find it so hard. Think about it?

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