April 27, 2020
The Quest for Wisdom
Colossians 2:8 (KJB) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Many people are busy searching for real wisdom. The problem is they are seeking to find it in things of this world rather than understanding that actual lasting knowledge only comes from God. Instead of seeking God, many people pursue questions and influences based in this world.
Such a quest for wisdom is nothing new today. Take the lives of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, for example. History shows that each mentioned was considered intelligent and enlightened with what seemed to be a practical pursuit of knowledge. These men were sophisticated, artistic, architectural minded, and indeed were influential thinkers that changed the face of wisdom among ancient Greece. Their thinking functioned in the realm of Science, Philosophy, Literature, and in things of this world. Their influence was significant and still at work to this day, especially among lost and wayward hearts.
However, this familiar brand of intellect has nothing to do with knowing and loving God and in seeking real and timeless knowledge. Instead, the commonly held quest for understanding had everything to do with loving the accumulation of facts and evidence, it is like building a house of cards which can topple at any time due to a changing state of affairs at work in this world. God’s brand of wisdom endures forever.
Yes, such ancient mindsets were prevalent but aligned with the ways of the world and far removed from knowledge and faith in a foundation of God. Their quest to “know it all” and to teach their wisdom to others was limited by what they could learn and apply in this world. God, on the other hand, is not limited by place or time and His wisdom has no boundaries in this world or the world to come.
The knowledge of God is indeed timeless and boundless. It is available without a border or ceiling. God’s wisdom is grounded in Jesus Christ and lasts forever, while every flavor of world-based facts and philosophy is eternally inadequate and fluctuates and is fleeting as circumstances change and wane.
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