Has it ever occurred to you that the word “dumb” is in the word wisdom, sound it out. I don’t know why I notice things like that, but the fact is, you learn from mistakes. So “dumb” has the potential to turn into “wisdom.”
But it’s not always the case. There are times that we obtain a lot of “knowledge,” but fail to learn from it. So just because you are knowledgable about a subject doesn’t mean you really get it. Especially in the area of Godliness.
In fact, a lot of people grow up in the church learning a lot about the Bible (a really good thing). However, in learning the Bible so well, we also learn how to use that knowledge to prove we’re “spiritual,” when we’re not. The true marks of being spiritually mature have less to do with how much you “know,” and more to do with what you “do,” with what you “know.”
Now, there are countless things I’ve learned through the years working and being at Wellspring Church. One of the things Pastor Gary has taught us is a definition of wisdom.
Wisdom, is the application of knowledge.
This is the reason I chose the name I did for our online devotions, The Knowledge App. When you hear “app” of course, you think of apps on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad… of course now apps can even be downloaded to your web browser, Microsoft has changed it’s approach and offers apps in Window’s 8… so apps are everywhere!
But that’s a different kind of application. “Application” is defined multiple ways, two that we’ll look at here today:
application |ˌapliˈkāSHən| noun
1 Computing a program or piece of software designed and written to fulfill a particular purpose of the user (so an iPhone app)
2 the action of putting something into operation:
We, of course, are focusing on point number two. Putting what we know into operation, or action. The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 So if I follow my heart it’s going to take me to a false reality or a false truth. I don’t always feel like doing what is right, but doing the right thing is ALWAYS the right thing to do. And, doing what is right makes you a wise person.
Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk (how you live, how you apply what you know), not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.