Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Get Knowledge

As a homeschooling mom, I am constantly reminded of teaching my children the things they need to know.  And while it is good to teach them math, grammar, science, history and other acedemics, I believe it is equally important for them to know how to live well.

Living well involves good health.  But if you're like me, you've noticed there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there and it can be difficult to navigate.  I know I have felt this way many times.  There are doctor shows on tv and health magazines galore passing out all kinds of information.

Old joke: Do you know what they call a doctor who graduated last in his class? A doctor! 

Fact: Doctors can be very helpful people, but they are just that - people. Like you and me. And they are not even close to being as interested or concerned with your family's health as YOU are.  I believe it is unwise to put them in charge of your health. 

Fact: The basis for all knowledge, begins with the word of God, the Bible.  

If what someone says is in accordance with the Bible, it has merit.  If it contradicts the infallible word of God, it is foolishness and I discard it.  

Example 1: we read in the Bible that a merry heart is good medicine.  Modern science confirms this.  That is good knowledge.  

Example 2: The Bible says that abstaining from meat (veganism and vegetarianism) is a doctrine of devils. God has proclaimed that meat is good.

How plain is the Word of God?  How wonderful that we have Bibles in our own language to read and understand and obtain wisdom from!  God has told each of us to seek wisdom and all we have to do is ask him. 

There are three components to learning something:  knowledge, wisdom and understanding. 
Without knowledge, we can have no understanding. 
Without wisdom, we aren't able to put either to good use. 

   What is wisdom?

Job 28:28a  Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

What is understanding?
Job 28:28b To depart from evil is understanding.

What is most important?
Prov 4:7a Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:

Anything else?
Prov 4:7b  And with all thy getting get understanding.

Here we see that God says wisdom is paramount and that understanding must go with it.  According to the Word of God, fearing the Lord IS wisdom.  Departing from evil IS understanding.  Those are good verses to meditate on today!

Every day we have the opportunity in this great land of ours, to gain knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Each of these have lasting consequences.  A wife who doesn't know much is a burden to her husband and a detriment to her children who depend on her for health and happiness.  This can have an effect on generations to come. I encourage you to get off facebook, put down the remote control, the romance novel and the hollywood magazines and seek out knowledge that will make you prudent and wise.

What about knowledge?  Let's consider a few key verses in the Bible concerning knowledge

Prov 2:6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Prov 2:10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

Prov 10:14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Prov 23:12Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Prov 24:5A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

The Lord tells us again and again how important knowledge is.  Theives can rob your house, but not your knowledge.  It is far better than riches.  The root of knowledge is KNOW. So what do you know? 

Do you know the latest headlines in Hollywood and who's married to whom this week?  How about the latest movies or television shows?  Do you know the words to popular songs on the radio by heart? What about the latest gossip around town?  

Do these forms of knowledge bring you closer to wisdom or destruction?
Do you know how to take care of your families health without dependence on a failing healthcare system?  Do you have knowledge on how to distinguish between edible and poisonous plants in the wild?  Do you know what ingredients are contained in modern vaccinations and what their implications are to your children's health?  Do you know how to prevent heart disease with one simple herb?

These are just a FEW examples of the great differences between wise or useful knowledge and foolish or useless knowledge.

I wasted the early years of my adult life with the useless and foolish variety. But I am filling up the rest of my years with the wise and useful kind.  Won't you join me?

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