Bible Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” (Psalm 111:10)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 111:1-10
I must admit it is embarrassing when I can no longer help my children with their school work. Sometimes I just feel ignorant.
But then I read a quote the other day that brought me encouragement. It said, “The trouble with ignorance is that the more of it you have, the less you realize it.” I hope the opposite is true.
Admitting one’s ignorance is a sign of wisdom because it makes us seek more information. It is the person who thinks they know it all that truly is the ignorant one. Knowledge has multiplied exponentially so that it is absolutely impossible for any one human being to know all things. All of us are, therefore, relatively unlearned in most areas beyond our specific area of study.
I remember, as a child, choosing “The World” for my essay topic and thinking I had exhausted all there was to say. Now I realize there is a whole new universe inside each atom that boggles my comprehension. Time sure changes one’s perception.
From where I perch I see two areas where ignorance has been allowed to prevail, even encouraged to do so.
The first is in the area of seeking help for personal issues. Most people do not have trouble asking for help, advice or insight on surface or intellectual topics. Real life issues, though, get shoved in the closet. Most people wait till they crash before seeking help. Let’s encourage each other to remember that the person who refuses input remains in ignorance while the one who seeks it is actually the wise one.
The second area ignorance had been allowed to prevail, even encouraged to do so, has to do with where we get our input from. There was a time, not too far back, when theology (the study of God and His truth) was considered to be the queen of the sciences. We’ve obviously sped a great distance from that point. Today, anything that smacks of being tainted with Biblical thought is immediately dismissed as being archaic and out of touch.
And yet, most people don’t even know the basics about what the Bible contains. The Book has been judged and rejected, black-listed and considered out-of-bounds without being opened. We accept critiques, opinions and diatribes against it without verifying the accusations.
How is it that this all-time, universal, best seller remains such an enigma? This book that brings courage to the faint, hope to the despairing, joy to the depressed, healing to the broken, life to the dying, truth to the questioning, food to the hungry, sense to the nonsense, eternity to the temporal, and reason to the madness has been set aside while we soak in our ignorance.
As we all work our way out of ignorance we would also do well to remember the incredible resources for life we have in the Bible. The words are like food for the soul.
“Wisdom is knowing when and where to go for help and then going to get it.”
— Dave Petrescue in Pastor Dave’s Reflections
© Brenda Petrescue, 2008. Used By Permission.
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