At 64 years of age I would like to think I have learned some knowledge, wisdom and understanding. According to the wisdom of King Solomon, these three words are abundant and interwoven throughout the book of Proverbs.
I have learned that knowledge is the ideal that is attainable, but only from on high. I have also learned that the only path to this ideal is through the guidance, influence and indwelling of Christ’s Holy Spirit. When knowledge is applied to real life circumstances and we ‘get it’. . . That is when knowledge becomes wisdom. The ‘getting it’ is known as understanding. Understanding therefore, is the connecting link between knowledge and wisdom. Without it, we remain stunted in our development as human beings and our hopeless, random, and miserable fate is destined to darkness and separation from anything good and anything God.
Remember, however; the pursuit of this path is impossible for any man. It is independent, lies outside the individual, is supernatural, is something that cannot be physically grasped, is profoundly eternal in its impact, and finally is transformative in its capacity to change man’s thoughts, direction and purpose in life. It happens once and is known in the New Testament as baptism by Christ’s Holy Spirit.
Its ramifications on the individual are first noticed in the spiritual realm and all things eternal. Once embraced on this level, then its application to the remainder of life’s everyday circumstances enhance one’s purposefully directed and fulfilling life. This is the abundant life Christ mentions in John 10:10. This life is available to all who believe in the Savior.
In closing I would just like to say why I do not attend church, even though I had previously attended Protestant denominations for over thirty years. I stopped going because of the following:
If my words have piqued your attention, I can assure you one thing as you read on, I will not captivate, nor will I seek to retain you as my audience . . . That is up to the Holy Spirit. I will give you the truth. This virtue of integrity is echoed in Paul’s farewell address to the church at Ephesus from Acts 20:27, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” This is my personal commitment to you as my readers.
May God bless you as you seek his enlightenment through the inerrant scriptures as well as the pages that follow. As a student of the scriptures for the last forty-four years, I would like to think the Lord has showed me something. My intent is to glorify my Savior. I will pray that in your life’s journey, your intent will be the same.