Last week out of the blue I became very, very sick. I mean S-I-C-K. The rest of the week I had no appetite and cringed at the thought of eating anything and I’m just now eating again!
You know how we do. We get sick and replay literally everything we’ve eaten to try to pinpoint the culprit…instead of avoiding it in the first place. I’ve always had a lot of digestive issues and I know what I should eat and should stay away from but sometimes I just gotta have it. Nothing wrong with having it…right? Although I’ll never know, I think my ‘want to’ got the best of me and made me sick. I indulged a LOT in things I shouldn’t have and it cost me a week’s worth of feeling good.
We live in a world where anything we want is literally at our fingertips…whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Even the stuff we know we shouldn’t have we find liberal access to.
Unfortunately as adults no one is going to slap our hands and tell us “no-no” when we reach for what we know will hurt us and what we don’t know will hurt us. It’s up to us to figure that out for ourselves. Once we’re hurt by it, be it food or another desire or indulgence, do we get it or continue to reach for it? Knowledge is knowing it could hurt us; wisdom is knowing it will and acting accordingly.
I’m very conscious of what I ingest this week and I hope I’ve learned my lesson. I’ve suffered greatly because of not applying wisdom to my knowledge. KNOWING something isn’t enough. Acting based on what we know could yield tremendous benefit.
People say they know God, know His Word and know the difference between right or wrong. If that’s true, why are we in the mess we’re in? Culturally we obviously need more than knowledge – we need wisdom. Just like I did when I did all that eating. I hope I don’t have to go through that again.
James 4:17 (NASB) “Therefore to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”