A text I find very appropriate for today is found at the beginning of the book of James.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
The message translates this as; If you do not know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get His help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.
We all lack wisdom, and God gives this to us if we humble ourselves and ask. There is a distinct difference in knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge is a mental understanding of information, facts, and data acquired through research or observation.
Wisdom is the practical ability to use your knowledge to make the right decisions. Wisdom is the ability to discern which aspect of knowledge is true, lasting, and how to apply it.
As history moves forward, there is more knowledge than ever. I see this in medical science and now with COVID 19. There will also be more spiritual knowledge. The Bible speaks to every aspect of our life, including our health. The health truths in the Bible will continue to grow as technology and studies advance. This is one reason I use the term Biblical Prescriptions. What does God say? Who has the real authority when health is concerned?
As we strive to make sense of the constantly changing health recommendations regarding COVID 19, realize there is a difference in knowledge and wisdom. Facts do not translate into wisdom. A Biblical Prescription would be to ask God to help you sort through all the “new knowledge.” What is true, and how should I apply this to my life and those I serve?
Including the Great Physician in the application of new knowledge is essential. I know I need this gift, and I think this is given liberally from a source I can trust.
James L. Marcum, M.D. FACC
Author, Biblical Prescriptions for Life
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