Proverbs 28:5 “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”
There is something about a person who comes across as a “know-it-all.”
They condescend. The “know-it-all” has an air of superiority about them. Yet, I wonder if I have ever come across that way? As a preacher of the Word of God, leader of a faith-based addiction program, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, there are many opportunities for such things to happen.
The ability to ‘understand all things’ comes from having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not from any intellect I possess. Wisdom is given by God.
James 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
I added verses 6-8 to keep the promise in context. Asking for wisdom and receiving it comes with some conditions. We must ask in faith. We must not waver. We must not be double-minded about wisdom.
We are told that wisdom is the principal thing.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
When getting wisdom, I need to ask to see things God’s way. I need to find how to apply that which He gives. Knowledge for knowledge’s sake is dangerous. It can lead to pride.
1 Corinthians 8:1 “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
The application of the knowledge given is principal to our understanding. To take and use it for selfish gain would defeat the purpose of the gift. God can give, and He can take away. Job taught us that.
Job 1:21 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
My heart’s direction will determine the outcome.
“…but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”
If I am seeking self-promotion, I will have a skewed view of God. He will be my benefactor for my benefit. When He doesn’t meet my expectations, my view of Him diminishes. I see Him as distant, uninterested, and uncaring. Pride and selfishness will cloud our judgment in these matters.
But when my heart is set to please my God, what He gives and what He withholds is adequate because I understand He has my best interest in mind.
So, knowledge and seeking to know and understand is not a bad thing. Only when I desire to use it for personal gain, or self-promotion does it become fuel for pride to reside in me.