Would you ever choose a doctor to perform a surgery on you who has only studied surgery but never performed it? It wouldn’t matter if that doctor passed his boards with the highest possible score. Being book smart is one thing. Being experienced by doing takes it to a whole other level. One may gain a whole lot of knowledge in books. But the benefit of that knowledge is severely limited unless it is actually applied. That is why doctors must go through residency. It gives them the opportunity to apply everything they have learned. It is no different with Bible knowledge. Knowing what the Bible says is important. If we don’t know what scripture says then we won’t recognize lies and deception when we hear it. But wisdom comes when we actually apply knowledge. Knowledge is knowing the tornado siren means the storm is very close by. Wisdom is going down to the basement when the siren goes off. Knowledge is knowing God has given us authority over sickness and disease. Wisdom is laying hands on the sick and speaking healing over them. We gain knowledge by reading God’s Word. We gain wisdom by doing God’s Word. Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer too!
James 1:22 (NKJV)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22 (NLT)
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Luke 6:46-49 (NLT)
46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against the house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”