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A few statements in life really seem to make sense:

“It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.”

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Profound quotes and sayings mean a lot to our culture, because we all really desire to gain wisdom. And speaking of wisdom, one more quote would be appropriate here: “Knowledge and wisdom are two very different things.”

That is really true, isn’t it? A Google search might reveal a fact we can learn — something we can know — but it doesn’t produce wisdom, which one could describe simply and correctly as the appropriate application of knowledge.

The search for knowledge and then wisdom means so much in a culture such as our own, one that values both. It might be one of our greatest pursuits — right there with the American dream, baseball and apple pie. Yummm.

But allow me to ask just where wisdom comes from. Well, guess what? I Googled the question: “Where does wisdom come from?” And Google’s top answer was: “According to King Solomon, wisdom is gained from God. ‘For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.’ Proverbs 2:6.”

How bout that. Google just pointed me to Wikipedia to find truth from God’s word for my answer. Fancy that.

Could it be that we are naturally inclined to pursue wisdom? I think we all would agree that we are. So are we naturally inclined to seek wisdom from God’s word? Maybe so, but we also often look for it in all the wrong places. Just as in Johnny Lee’s song, we look for “love in all the wrong places,” and often we look for wisdom, knowledge and answers to our problems in all the wrong places.

How about we have us a challenge. Why don’t we commit to going straight to God’s word for wisdom, knowledge and answers to our questions? Let’s say we will do it for just three months. What would that look like? Well, let me suggest taking a simple approach. A daily devotion such as “Verse of the Day” (Verseoftheday.com) or First15 (first15.org) will be fun and easily digestible potions of God’s word.

Try those two. I bet you will find that some things will happen that very day that are tied to your devotional reading. Why is that? Well, I will leave you with this verse as a clue:

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart,” (Hebrews 4:12).

Wow, what a quote.

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 or sbmkax@earthlink.net.

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