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Good Morning August 17

Education is a wonderful thing. We all plan for it, and seek it out for our children. But there is something even more important for one to make their way through life – common sense. This is defined as “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.” There are many people who have a lot of education, but little common sense. There are people with much less education who have made their way very well in life because of sound judgment and good common sense. I’m not sure just how this can be taught, but it does need to start in the family with children at early ages. There is a vast difference between knowledge and wisdom. Our Lord is the source of wisdom. Read again the eighth chapter of Proverbs. Where the word “wisdom” is used, the name of Jesus can easily be substituted. Over 15 time in Psalms, Proverbs, and the prophets it speaks of “The fear of the LORD (being) the beginning of wisdom.” Good common sense begins with a relationship with the Lord. As much as we value education, perhaps we need to look at our priorities, and put first things first.

Good Morning October 26

We are told that knowledge is increasing at a tremendous rate. We are learning so much more in so many different fields of research, but we must ask, what kind of knowledge is it? Oh, we certainly see the advances in medicine, technology, and so forth, but is this really progress? To someone suffering from cancer today as opposed to 50 years ago, it certainly is progress. We do not diminish the importance of these gains. However, the prophet Hosea said something 27 centuries ago that holds equal truth for today. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”(4:6) The knowledge of which he speaks concerns the will and purpose of God for mankind, whom He created. Unfortunately, this is an area in which we have not grown. We may end deaths by cancer, but we will die, and then all of our human knowledge won’t count for much. We should not neglect our technological advances, but understand that they are not the ultimate of knowledge. Jesus said, “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.(6:33)

Good Morning September 7

Man does a wonderful job of growing and processing crops for our food. Did you ever wonder how we learned this in the first place? How did we figure out how to plant wheat, then learn that only the kernel was good, but had to be ground into flower to bake bread? Or weaving cloth, or working metal, or any of the skills we depend upon. The Bible says that God taught us. Isaiah 28 tells about farming and says, “God instructs him and teaches him the right way.” (vs.26) And a little further on, “all this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.” (vs.29) Yes, even computers. God has given us the capacity and skills to learn. Knowledge is from the Lord. He cares about us so much He has provided for all of our needs, and even more. Realizing this calls us to great thanksgiving and worship of our good Lord. And if he cares about our daily physical needs, then He certainly can be trusted for all the rest.

Good Morning September 13

It is said that those who don’t understand history are destined to repeat it, and by that, meaning we repeat all of its mistakes and wrong directions. Paul said something similar, and even more important. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) We place great emphasis on gaining secular knowledge in order to make our way in the world, but at the same time, intentionally or not, diminish the importance of really knowing the Scriptures, which alone lead us in the right direction for our eternal destiny. Because we don’t know the Scriptures as we should, we continue to repeat the same sins, and wrong directions that have led so many away from the Lord. Secular knowledge is important, but only knowledge of Scripture gives us wisdom, and the right direction for life.