A lot of careers have basic educational requirements that include a college degree. Many places will increase their workers’ salaries when they receive advanced degrees such as masters or doctoral degrees. As a result, a number of “schools” have come into being that offer degrees for a price. In some cases people have padded resumes and gotten jobs far beyond their abilities. When those degrees are fake medical degrees, people have died.
I believe in education. I believe it’s important to study and achieve. Perhaps that’s an occupational hazard of teachers. Those people who get their degrees from diploma mills have fake knowledge. Sometimes, though, people who do the right things and get post graduate degrees through a rigorous course of study may know a lot, but not have common sense or wisdom. They have forgotten an important component of life: God. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)
It is amazing how many people think that they can understand the things of this world without even consulting the maker of this world. There is a wisdom that comes from God that allows us to recognize how things work together. Biblical insights into the world change the perspective we have and help us to understand far beyond others who would reject God and His ways. As we understand human nature from a biblical perspective, we can often predict how individuals will react to different trials and tribulations of life. The greatest education of all comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides us each and every day.
If you truly want to understand how God works in this world and how things work together, learn from God. Spend time in His word. That’s one reason why I always include a link to the passages I’m reading each day. Spend time in prayer when you do more than give God a laundry list of requests; listen for God to speak – let the Holy Spirit give you guidance. Sometimes, the most intelligent thing we can do is stay silent before God. We may not hear His voice, but He will always give us wisdom.
Lord God, I need Your wisdom each and every day. Speak to me so that I might understand this world and how I am to live in this world.