Is knowledge useless?

Proverbs 1:1-7

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; 3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— 6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,  but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (emphasis mine)

This is a well known passage of scripture to be sure. We love the wisdom part. We can even handle the “fear of the Lord” part because most of us understand it means deep reverence. The part that is often overlooked, missed, or ignored is the discipline part.

Without discipline, knowledge is useless. It is just memorized facts and random information. Until discipline is applied and action taken to do the right thing, it doesn’t matter how much a person knows.

A simple understanding of this comes in our diets. It is absolutely pointless to know how to eat right and have the facts of proper nutrition, if one does not have the discipline to actually eat right. The knowledge is useless until discipline is applied.

This holds true in every area. It takes great discipline to live out the wisdom that God has for us. It means doing the right thing, even when the right thing is unpopular, hard, goes against our own feelings, may not be received well, and could leave us standing apart from others.

I doubt there are many who would say they do not want wisdom. There are many who live out life without discipline. The Bible is clearly telling us that the two are inseparable and fools despise wisdom and discipline.

May we seek God for wisdom for He is the only true source and may we have the discipline to live it out.

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