Knowledge is knowing facts. The human brain learns new facts in one of four ways; visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. A person may learn how to repair a car by watching someone else repairing a car. Another person can learn by listening to a teacher explain the law of physics. Others read about finance and write out their thoughts. Still, others learn by practicing how to play the guitar and piano. All can learn in any of these ways but we all are more prone to retain what we learn in one way more than the other three.
Wisdom is understanding how things relate to each other and practically applying the knowledge. The wise person who learned how to repair cars by watching someone will eventually make modifications and new automobile designs. The wise person who learned physics through a mentor will eventually come up with new innovations in science and technology. The wise financer will understand the market and apply their knowledge to make wise investments. The wise person who learned how to play a musical instrument will eventually write popular and long-lasting melodies.
Solomon considered knowledge, wisdom, madness, and folly (17). He concluded that they are chasing after the wind. Chasing after the wind means no matter how much we apply ourselves we will never be able to capture and retain that which we seek, need, and desire. Knowing everything there is to know, discovering all there is in the universe, and applying it in incredible ways will not end up in a higher plane of existence. They will not reach bliss, peace, contentment, and wholeness.
The wise and learned people who do not acknowledge, love, and fear God come to an ever-evident truth; God does exist, created, and is very active in that which he created. The learned and wise atheist and agnostic have sorrow and grief (18). The evidence of God is made evident to them yet they still refuse to acknowledge his existence.
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for (idols).” (Romans 1:18-23)