The True Source of Wisdom
By Seth Armbruster
Have you ever wondered if there could ever be a book that contained all the information that has ever existed? Or a library that has every bit of knowledge? Could it even be possible to fit such an enormity of information into a book or library? If ever such a thing existed I’m sure that it would be massive. Obviously, though, no such thing could ever exist. So, how do people learn, then? Is there a single source of knowledge or are there various sources?
In today’s world, there are many things which a person can learn. There are enough fields of study that a person could spend a lifetime pursuing even one of them. But, what are the sources of all these fields of study? Obviously, there is more than one source. People can obtain knowledge from books, literature, people, experience, and even nature. Thus, there is a variety of sources from which people can learn.
Books and literature are a major source from which many people learn. Libraries are packed with literature by which we can gain knowledge. Various books have been written on math, science, history, nature, agriculture, and the list goes on. There is an abundant amount of knowledge that may be gained through them. However, the greatest book, I believe, which we can gain the most valuable knowledge from is the Bible. If the principles in it were followed, as they should be, what a different world we would live in!
In the ancient times, much knowledge was passed on by word of mouth. People would often share what they had learned to younger generations and tell them things they needed to know. Even today, lots of information is passed on by word of mouth. Teachers teach their students. Parents teach their children. And we can even learn things by watching what people do. Therefore, we learn many things through other people.
Another way in which we learn is from our own experience. When a child touches a hot stove he will quickly learn that it is hot, and dangerous! When a dog finds and pursues a skunk, it will soon find out that it smells quite awful. In the same way, we can find out things from experience.
The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalms 19:1-3 According to these verses, nature itself “reveals knowledge”. It teaches us things. Whenever I go for a hike out into nature I always see so many lessons that it teaches. The little ant teaches us to work diligently and to get along with others. The trees teach us to take in order to give. They take the carbon dioxide and, in return, give us oxygen in order to breath. No wonder God gave Adam and Eve a garden to live in! Nature was their school, and God was their teacher. “Doth not even nature itself teach you…” 1 Cor. 11:14
Even with all these various sources of knowledge, there is still yet a much greater source of wisdom – God. He is the source of all true wisdom. Where did the wise king Solomon learn all his wisdom? From God. Why was Daniel ten times wiser than all the other captives brought to Babylon? Because God taught him. If we have a relationship with God we can learn far more than we can from any other source, because He is the source of all knowledge.
So, we obviously see that there are many different sources from which we may obtain knowledge. There are many ways in which we may learn things, But, God is the ultimate source of true knowledge.
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