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A sigh of relief has risen from parents a couple of days ago, as children start back at school after the long holidays. Remember to pray for them before they walk out the door in the morning. KIng Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived wrote, having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. The right education changes the world, sadly so does the wrong education. The biggest example of this right now is Gaza. It has been proven the Palestinian education system was corrupt. Children were being educated to see terrorists as heroes, and to HATE the Jews (Article Here). The result was last years October massacre, followed by the Gaza War.

There is power in Knowledge, it lets doctors and nurses save lives. It assists in turning the wheels of justice, to ensure that good flourishes and evil is punished. It can raise the low and improve the lives of humanity. But as Gaza shows it can also be used for evil. Knowledge needs to be tempered with Wisdom.

The Bible tells us to seek after wisdom. Education is the seeking after and gaining of knowledge, which is ultimately very important, but knowledge is a separate thing from wisdom. There are people out there, academics and genius level thinkers with enormous I.Q.’s who have so much knowledge it astounds us, but so little wisdom that they shouldn’t be allowed out in public without a minder. But you should still work hard to gain knowledge.

Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.” Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what his Word says and means. - 2 Tim 2:15

The verse above applies to all those striving for an eduction. But as you climb the peaks of the academic world, no matter how well you do and how high in that rarified air you get, don't look down your nose at others from your lofty heights. Those lofty heights are not looking so good in the USA right now (Article Here). There are people that have dropped out of school or left early, or never had the opportunity to get any education at all but are wise well beyond their years, who always know the right way to handle a situation, the right words to say to heal other broken human beings, or fix machinery almost by magic. God gives different talents to all of us, and we each have a different purpose, I.Q. and knowledge are only one path to the purpose God has for you and you need to still respect others who have taken a different path.

If you are able, seeking after knowledge is a wise and valuable pursuit, but seeking after wisdom, which is found in God, is even more so, and wisdom will teach you the right knowledge to seek to gain.