Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
"Woe to those wise in their own eyes." (Isaiah 5:21)
Not all whom the world considers wise are truly wise in God’s eyes. For example, Job spoke to men who viewed themselves as speaking words of wisdom, but he concluded: “I do not find anyone wise among you.” (Job 17:10) As to some who rejected the knowledge of God, the apostle Paul wrote: “Although asserting they were wise, they became foolish.” (Romans 1:22) What makes one truly wise and thus a recipient of God’s favor? Proverbs 9:10 offers us this insight: “The fear of Jehovah is the start of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Most Holy One is what understanding is.” The wise must have a proper fear of God and a respect for his standards. However, more is needed than just intellectual acceptance of God’s existence and ways. The disciple James wrote: “Let him show out of his fine conduct his works.” (James 3:13) Yes, true wisdom should be seen in what you do and say every day.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 4:2, 3)
here's another scripture which speaks volumes about what happens when men begin to think they know more than God.
"Nor to pay attention to false stories and to genealogies, which end up in nothing, but which furnish questions for research rather than a dispensing of anything by God in connection with faith. Really the objective of this mandate is love out of a clean heart and out of a good conscience and out of faith without hypocrisy. By deviating from these things certain ones have been turned aside into idle talk, wanting to be teachers of law, but not perceiving either the things they are saying or the things about which they are making strong assertions."
(1 Timothy 1:4-7)
'Self-proclaimed' knowledge that ignores Godly wisdom, fails to produce good results in both those who advocate it, and those who listen to it. -Only a quarrelsome disposition, and ongoing, petty squabbles over minor details,...which are of far less importance than the beneficial qualities that true wisdom produces, such as: love, faith, peace, and righteousness. (to name just a few)