I have been reading this very helpful book on the impact of computers and social media on the way we operate. On p147-149 issues are raised about how we deal with facts. This provoked my thinking along these lines.
- Information is the accumulation of facts. And we have never had so much information available. The internet has led to an information explosion.
- Knowledge is the understanding of facts. Knowledge is being able to sift information so that it is sorted in the brain.
- Wisdom is the implementation of knowledge into everyday life.
It is interesting to observe that we seem to have less and less of an emphasis on wisdom, but lots of focus on knowledge. So we know lots of stuff, but are not so good at processing the acquired knowledge so that we live well.
It is interesting that a whole book of the bible is devoted to wisdom and knowledge. This is the book of Proverbs. We see these words for example in Proverbs 4-5:-
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
Moreover, it is poignant that in James, which is the closest New Testament equivalent to Proverbs, we read 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 (Jam. 1:5).
Let us get knowledge into our lives, rightly and properly, as we acquire an understanding of Scripture. But may that knowledge go deep into our lives as wisdom takes hold.