Friday, June 21, 2013

The Fruit, Tomato

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According to Wikipedia, a tomato is "the edible, often red fruit from the plant Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant."

Did you notice that definition begins with "A tomato is the edible. . .fruit?"

It reminds me of a card I saw in the store yesterday:

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

There are many who have knowledge, who have great knowledge and yet lack wisdom.  I have often heard that wisdom is having knowledge and knowing what to do with it.   True wisdom begins with a right belief in and relationship with the Lord.

Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:  a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:  His praise endureth for ever."

Perhaps the most important thing about a truly wise person is that they realize their wisdom is not in and of themselves.  The Apostle Paul on multiple occasions refers to the Lord as "God only wise" or "only God wise."  It is evident he believed that any wisdom we have is imparted to us from God.  In fact, the Old Testament is full of instances where this is clearly stated.  In the New Testament, the Apostle James tells us, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all med liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him," (James 1:5.)

Our God, God only wise, is the source of all wisdom.  If we are to be truly wise, we must first acknowledge this and recognize that wisdom is never in and of ourselves.  Then we must ask the Lord to impart His wisdom to us that we may use it for His glory and the eternal purpose of Christ Jesus through us.

Proverbs 3:7

"Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."

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