If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NIV)
In today’s society, if you want to gain knowledge about a particular topic, “google it”. Chances are you will find the general information you need. Possibly even a video to go with it. Thirty years ago, it wasn’t as easy. Technology has brought us a long way baby!!! Who knows what the next thirty years will hold.
Recently I came across these words, “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom”. In my research, I found this was only a partial piece of the famous epigram by E. O. Wilson, biologist and writer. The remainder states, “The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” Um…then I read his take on religion and God. I’ll let you research that for yourself and come to your own conclusion. (Just google him! 😊)
Wilson made a good point about the amount of information at our finger tips. As we gain and experience information, we increase our knowledge base. Unfortunately, this doesn’t produce the discernment wisdom gives. For instance, knowledge can give us the insight of the most eloquent words to prove our stance; wisdom delivers the discernment of when to open our mouth and deliver the speech and when to put a zipper on our lips.
So, how do we find wisdom? Wisdom is found in God. He provides the insight of how to apply the knowledge we find in scripture and we obtain from life experiences. Wisdom is ours for the asking. Just remember, we must do the seeking as well. In Proverbs we find a full invitation from God’s wisdom along with the value and promises it holds for anyone so inclined to embrace it. In chapter eight alone, we find a multitude of skills wisdom provides: discretion, justice, wealth, honor, counsel, strength, and righteousness are just a few.
Now that we have discussed the sources of knowledge and wisdom, let’s focus on the analogy of being a synthesizer. First, to all of the music-technology-savvy peeps, extend me grace. My precise knowledge of a synthesizer is definitely lacking in detail and even full comprehension. However, I know it is capable of producing various sounds based upon all the different frequency signals it takes in. From my understanding it usually has a control to go with it. That’s as deep as I need to go for today. (Here’s a video if you need more information https://youtu.be/ECl-XbgqljY) (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)
Therefore, Wilson may have been on to something when he compared us to a synthesizer. Yes, we do have to put together all the “right information” as a multitude of information signals arrive daily. And Yes, we must obtain the discernment of the “right time” by critically thinking through what “sound” (action) we should produce and when. However, to “make important choices wisely” the controller to our synthesizer has to be God. A point Wilson might have missed.
We are and will continue to be synthesizers. We even get to choose the different frequency signals we intake. However, if we want to walk in wisdom, God must be given full authority over the controller. Just something to think about…
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge, its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. (Prov. 24: 3-4 NIV)
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20 NIV)