Christian Living
Knowledge vs. Wisdom
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 4, 2021
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When Satan came to tempt Christ in the wilderness, our Lord was ready. With each Scripture that the devil twisted and hurled His way, Jesus responded with the wisdom of God's Word. "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for surely the angels will lift you up," Satan said, quoting Psalm 91. Jesus responded, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test'" (see Matthew 4:1-11).

Satan had enough knowledge of the Scriptures to twist them, but Jesus knew their true meaning and application, and He was not deceived.

Knowledge tells us what to do, but wisdom tells us when, where, why, and how.


Many people today have lots of knowledge, but live frustrated lives. Why? Because knowledge enables us to understand the Truth, but wisdom is what helps us apply it to our lives. Knowledge tells us what to do, but wisdom tells us when, where, why, and how.

The more intimately we know the Word of God, the more quickly we will be able to call upon it in times of need. Reading a verse here and there will not be enough to ready us for the battles ahead, but the more we immerse ourselves in God's Word through study and prayer, the more Christlike our responses will be to each day's challenges.

Prayer: Lord, help me to not just read the Bible, but apply it so that I may lead a godly life. Thank You for giving me Your Word to equip me for the days ahead. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise" (Psalm 111:10).

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