“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” Proverbs 16:16
A Tower of Knowledge Where do you look for knowledge? What are the blocks you’ve used to build your tower of knowledge? Where do you look for wisdom? If I am working on my computer and ask a question of either my son or husband, I usually receive the answer, “Just Google it.” So that’s what I do and what a wealth of information I have discovered on Google!
I am also a terrible speller and how I love the fact that my misspelled words now have a red squiggly line under them that is not marked by some disgruntled teacher who lowers the grade on my paper. No, my computer wizard marks my mistakes and with a right click on my mouse gives me suggestions for the correct spelling, never criticizing my errors. We’ve come a long way from looking up words in the dictionary and using white out to cover our mistakes.
You are probably familiar with the G.P.S. global positioning system. Our grandson named ours Grace and use to ask the question, “But how does Grace know exactly where we are and where we are going?” He always wanted to trick her when my husband picked him up from school. They frequently took different routes home, but she always “recalculated” and gave the correct directions to reach their destination.
And have you heard about Siri? She is a voice-activated “Personal assistant” on the iPhone 4S. My son has one and we all had a fun time thinking up questions to ask her at our last family get together. Her answers about marriage and her likes and dislikes had us in stitches. She is always very polite and has knowledge about all sorts of subjects or will provide a Google search list if needed. Recently I read that Apple is providing her with new databases of knowledge which will include being able to make dinner reservations and retrieve sports scores. Several automakers are planing to integrate their new cars with a steering wheel mounted button that will enable the driver to use Siri to make hands free and eyes free calls, play music, compose text messages and get map direction. Sounds like a very smart thing to have. I’m all for anything safety related!
But accumulated facts are not wisdom. And what man calls wisdom is not always safe to follow. Several times we have followed our G.P.S. directions and ended up on some country road far from our destination. Worldly advice may be a trap that leads you to take unsafe risks. Most of the time man’s advice is colored by his own greed and limited knowledge and is not in our best interest. The only word we can continually trust is God’s Word. “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
The Tower of Babel
The eleventh chapter of Genesis describes how the people became so pride filled that they wanted to make a name for themselves by building a city with a tower in it that would reach up to heaven. They wanted to glorify themselves and refused to recognize that only by the grace of God did they have the ability to build a city and tower. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b At that time all the people in the world had one language, but God hates pride and scattered them from there over all the earth and they stopped building the city. “That is why it was called Babel – because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world.” Genesis 11:9
Fun Stuff For Kids: Building a Tower of Babel after explaining the Bible story.
Technology today seems to have no limits and is constantly changing. I love being able to stay in touch with friends and family and even meet new friends around the world by blogging. Men have come up with some fantastic devices to enable us to communicate with each other and to almost never get lost, but God has given us something even more amazing. We do not have to dial a number or hook up to the internet or wait for a menu. He has enabled us to have instant communication with Him, our Awesome God never makes us wait. God has promised that when we call to him he will answer us and His wisdom is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
God gave each believer the Holy Spirit to guide him and keep him from losing the way. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
God not only gives the best way to reach our destination, but he has also designed the best way that personally fits each individual. His system enables us to follow the only way that will bring us lasting joy and fulfill his purpose for our lives. Whenever you have a problem or decision to make, the best thing you can do is first pray about it and then look in the Bible for answers. Don’t make a hasty decision based on what men say or your own knowledge. Only God can guide you to make the best choices for your life. “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4 “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:2-5