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Is Knowledge Power?

Wednesday, October 5
Melissa Beauvais

Is Knowledge Power?

Have you ever heard the phrase “Knowledge is power”?

I used to think of it as a great way to cope with my anxiety. I felt that the more I knew about any given circumstance, the better and more rational I could make sense of the irrational thoughts flowing through my mind. And while it helped in some ways, I was often left with a what now? 

What do I now do with all of these facts, and how do I apply them?

I believe we do this a lot with our relationship with God. We can often strive to know much about Jesus yet fail to truly know Him. We learn facts and context, yet they stay within our minds and do not penetrate our hearts. If we’re honest, our lives do not reflect the realities we know of Jesus, who is our Authority and who is Love.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Wisdom begins with reverence for God. Wisdom allows the Holy Spirit to move within our minds, hearts and souls and live out what we know to be true. Wisdom takes knowledge and applies it to glorify God. 

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Wisdom is the right to knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal and are greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom”. 

So perhaps knowledge is not power, but wisdom is God’s power graciously given to those who love Him to apply knowledge and understanding to the world around us.

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