Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him, doing just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Deuteronomy 34:9 NLT

The word ‘wisdom’ is defined as “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgement as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.” This is another example (see 1 Corinthians 8:1) of the fact that knowledge in itself isn’t enough. It shows that wisdom doesn’t come from a book – it comes from above – it came to Joshua through the laying on of hands.

Knowledge tells me what is fact. Wisdom tells me what to do, how to think, how to decide – the right way. Wisdom is generally seen as one of the higher gifts. It is generally respected and is a gift which I should seek.

There are too many times where I make a rash decision, or fly off at the handle just because someone says something I don’t like. Wisdom would tell me to weigh up the situation, to ascertain the truth and to decide if the matter is even big enough to matter. Wisdom would tell me that, even when I’m right, it is wrong to get upset or angry, and that it might be wrong to enforce my opinions on others. Wisdom will tell me what I should do in every situation. Wisdom tells me that if I don’t go looking for trouble, I won’t find it. 

Knowledge without love


Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.
(1 Corinthians 8:1 NLT)

You can know the Bible inside out, but that isn’t enough. Knowledge is no good if it just stays in the head – it’s what you do with the knowledge that matters.

God is love, and that is what the Bible is all about. It is love that strengthens the Church, in a lot of ways – love will strengthen it by making new believers.

If I don’t have love I’m just a crashing cymbal, no matter how much I ‘know’.

What I know, what I learn from reading the Bible, has to make a difference in me so that I can make a difference.