St Andrew’s Assembly Devotion – Wisdom

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Little Mia, 4 years old, returned home one day from nursery school. When her mom greeted her at the door, Mia complained to her, “Mummy, I’ve got a stomachache.” “Honey, that’s because your stomach is empty,” replied her mom. Mia’s mom made her a small snack and sure enough, Mia felt better after eating.

Later that afternoon, Mia’s class teacher dropped by to see Mia’s mom. While they were chatting, Mia’s teacher mentioned she’d been having a bad headache all day long. Little Mia overhearing the conversation immediately sat up and said, “That’s because it’s empty! You’ll feel better if you had something in it!”

We all need something in our heads. Not a snack, but wisdom. Wisdom. But what is wisdom really? In our world, information is increasing exponentially. And with the advent of the internet, we have now at our fingertips, knowledge in abundance. Does knowledge equal wisdom? Not necessarily. Wisdom is knowing what to do with knowledge.

True story was reported some years ago of a young Malaysian girl who was a Maths prodigy. At the age of 13, she was accepted into Oxford University. But the news report was about her, having done her studies, working as a high-class prostitute. She had knowledge, but not wisdom.

Listen to God’s Word in Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” 

Wisdom is to walk in the ways of God, in the paths of righteousness.

The Jews, as a race, constitute approximately 0.2% of the world’s population. And yet, they account for close to 25% of all individual recipients of the Nobel Prize between the years 1901 and 2013. 0.2% of the world’s population. 25% of Nobel Prizes won. Is there something special about their education system that causes them to be able to produce so many Nobel Prize winners? Yes. But it’s probably not what you think.

You see, the chief difference between Hebraic (or the Jewish) education and Western education was that the aim of Hebraic education is not merely to impart knowledge. Rather, it is decisively aimed at producing a distinctive lifestyle of holiness. Righteousness. The excellence the Jews produce in the fields of chemistry, economics, literature, peace, physics & medicine… the Nobel Prize winners… these are a by-product. Their first aim is to live life with right values.

Dear friends, what our school, what our country, what our world desperately needs is for men to have not only knowledge but wisdom. Men who walk in the ways of God, in the paths of righteousness, who have the right morals and values. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

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