Alan Alda is probably best known for playing Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce on the hit television show, M*A*S*H. But for all of the silliness of his character on the show, Mr. Alda once made this quote:
“Be as smart as you can be, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.”
A lot of people do not know the difference between being smart and being wise. You might say that being smart is having a lot of knowledge, but that being wise is knowing how to use that knowledge.
Just take a look at the news, for example, and you will understand: politics, the stock market, entertainment news … we are constantly hearing about a lot of smart people making very unwise decisions.
In His word, God continually encourages us to be wise…
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Psalm 111:10)
God lets us know, in no uncertain terms, that there is no true wisdom apart from Him. With that being said, in this time in our nation’s history, it is more important than ever for all of us to seek the wisdom that only comes from seeking the face of God.
For over thirty years, Ron Phillips has been the pastor of Abba’s House (formerly Central Baptist Church) in Hixson, TN. A life-long Southern Baptist, a dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit in 1989 changed his life and ministry to one that grasps who we really are in Christ, and the gifts and fullness that are available to us through a Spirit-filled life. His television program, Ron Phillips from Abba’s House, blends solid biblical exposition with a simplicity anyone can understand. In addition, for 14 years, he hosted the daily 15-minute radio program, CenterPoint, across the nation via radio, and throughout the world via the Internet. He has now authored over 20 books, including Awakened By The Spirit, Our Invisible Allies, Everyone’s Guide to Demons & Spiritual Warfare, The Foundations on the Holy Spirit Series, and his latest release from Charisma House, A God-Sized Future.