One of my highlights each Saturday is writing an email devotional that launches discussions with my son, son-in-law, a couple of spiritual “sons” and a few other younger brothers. We’ve recently been studying the book of Proverbs. Each time I read these ancient words I am stunned by their wisdom. The pages of Proverbs are filled with wise counsel, guidance for daily life and divine principles.
There is no shortage of wise counsel in Scripture.
The question is, “Are we applying what we know?”
As one of my seminary professors, Howard Hendricks put it, “Most Christians are like poor photographs: They are over-exposed and under-developed.” It is easy to acquire more knowledge without actually putting it into practice. Wisdom is different than knowledge. Both are important but they are distinct.
On the wall of one of our classrooms in Rwanda, we have this Scripture: “Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands” (Psalm 119:66).
We aim to inspire and equip our students to live with both knowledge and wisdom wherever God calls them to serve. One of the earliest things I learned working alongside Susan Hollern was that Hope Haven Rwanda was founded with the vision to help every student fulfill their unique divine purpose. For this to happen, we need to help them discover and experience God’s truths, as seen in His creation, His specific Revelation to us through His Son and Scripture. We can also learn from millions of believers who have journeyed before us.
Which part is most difficult for you—learning new concepts, or putting them into practice?
Let’s challenge each other to both “know” and “do.”