Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the words of God are the source of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and truth. Wisdom begins with a fear of the Lord (Job 28:28; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 15:33). If we are to base our lives on any source or system other than the Bible, we are acting as fools.
Apart from the truths in the Bible, we can know little about the true nature of the world around us. Whether we are trying to understand the origin of the world, why bad things happen, or the nature of humanity, we must start with the Bible to get a correct picture. In order to understand what ideas are true, we must compare them to Scripture – we must look at the world using our biblical glasses.
This is the admonition Paul gave to young Timothy when he wrote to him in 1 Timothy 6:20-21. People had strayed from the faith by following ideas that were not founded in God’s truth. Timothy was to protect his flock from these false teachings and hold to the clear teachings he had received. Wisdom based in man’s reasoning, apart from God and His truth, is false knowledge.
Paul expanded upon this concept in Colossians 2:1-10. It is in Christ, not int the philosophies or traditions of men, that we find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Thinking and reasoning that starts from man’s ideas alone is deceitful and will lead to error. As believers, we received the truths of Christ by faith, and we should continue to walk with Him by faith. If we do anything other than that, we cheat ourselves and miss the riches of Christ.
READ PROVERBS 4
- What will wisdom and understanding bring to us?
- How is the path of the righteous different from the path of the wicked?
- How does this chapter encourage you to make family teaching and instruction around God’s Word a priority?
READ COLOSSIANS 2:1-10
- Where can we find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge?
- Where do we learn about Christ – who He is, how He lived, and what He taught?
- What did Paul warn us about in verse 8? What are some examples of philosophy, empty deceit, and traditions of men that could cheat us?
READ 1 TIMOTHY 6:20-21
- What are the two commands Paul gave to Timothy?
- How can we best avoid “profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge”?
READ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
- What are your weapons of spiritual warfare useful for?
- How can we cast down false arguments?
- What does it mean to bring every thought into captivity to Christ? How can Scripture memory help us do that?
Review the memory verse with your family.
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
Thank God for His Word, which gives us understanding of the world around us. Thank Him for sending His Son Jesus, who is the source of all true wisdom and knowledge. Ask God for discernment so that you are not deceived by worldly wisdom and philosophy.