Knowledge is a wonderful thing but the right response to knowledge is a better thing: wisdom.
I would say that most of my mistakes have happened, not through lack of knowledge, but how I used the information I had.
For example, when I was managing Kmart in Blacktown many years ago, I was chasing a man who stole goods from the store. I knew he had run up the stairs of the car park and so I followed him. When I approached him, he grabbed me and tried to throw me over the edge of the three storey car park. Fortunately others saw and pulled him off. I knew where he had gone but I was foolish in my response to this knowledge.
Our response to knowledge is the difference between wisdom and foolishness.
What knowledge or truth do you have today that requires you to act and respond well?
You may know that someone loves you deeply but your response to that love is to take advantage of it, to continually test it and manipulate it for your own end. That is foolishness.
Without right response, knowledge is a dead-end.
Even the Apostle Paul in talking about how God is kind and merciful (i.e. knowledge) says, just because He is, doesn’t mean we should act as fools and test him (i.e. response). Romans 6:1-2 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!…”
I have many friends with MND (also known as ALS) who all have the same knowledge about this disease available to them but their responses have varied.
For example one of the symptoms of MND is losing the ability to swallow and therefore being eventually unable to eat food. The answer to this from a medical platform is to have a PEG attached to your stomach so that you can get food directly to your stomach via a tube. The problem is you need to get this attached months or even years before you need it or your body is too weak to have it attached.
I have seen people say “no” to the tube for many months then change their mind and say “yes” only to be told its too late. They responded, but the timing wasn’t right.
It challenges me on how important the right response to knowledge really is, it could even be the difference between life and death.
In your life, it could mean saying “no” to something you have said “yes” to, or it could be saying “yes” but at a different time.
Procrastination is usually loud. Doing nothing is often talkative.
Whereas, wisdom is active, it is sure and it is often quiet.
I like this quote: “We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom” ~Michel de Montaigne.
I believe wisdom is ours for the taking if we master our response to knowledge.