Alan Alda is probably best known for playing Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce on the hit television show, M*A*S*H. But for all of the silliness of his character on the show, Mr. Alda once made this quote:
“Be as smart as you can be, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.”
A lot of people do not know the difference between being smart and being wise. You might say that being smart is having a lot of knowledge, but that being wise is knowing how to use that knowledge. Just take a look at the news, for example, and you will understand: politics, the stock market, entertainment news… we are constantly hearing about a lot of smart people making very unwise decisions.
In His word, God continually encourages us to be wise…
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” ~ Psalm 111:10
God lets us know, in no uncertain terms, that there is no true wisdom apart from Him. With that being said, in this time in our nation’s history, it is more important than ever for all of us to seek the wisdom that only comes from seeking the face of God.