In the past few years, millions of people have discovered a fascinating new world of communication. By linking their computers to the electronic web known as the Internet, they now have at their fingertips vast resources of information and entertainment. No wonder Internet addicts are perhaps the fastest-growing segment of our culture.
But as we zoom into the Information Age, let’s not lose our perspective. A glut of factual data and visual experiences doesn’t guarantee an increase in wisdom.
A century ago, British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson lamented, “Knowledge grows but wisdom lingers.” The Bible highlights this crucial difference between mere knowledge and authentic wisdom. The book of Proverbs emphasizes that it’s not enough to acquire information; we need to gain the understanding that is based on a healthy respect of the Lord (Prov. 1:7). The apostle Paul pointed out that some people are always learning, yet never coming to a grasp of truth that really matters (2 Tim. 3:7).
Information and technology can be wonderful tools. But don’t get so caught up in gaining knowledge that you fail to put it to good use. Only the Book that tells us about Jesus Christ brings ultimate wisdom (Col. 2:3).
O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O truth unchanged, unchanging,
O light of our dark sky. —How
Wisdom gives wings to knowledge.