wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not
to be compared to it. Prov. 8:11.
If Adam and Eve had never touched the forbidden tree, the Lord would have
imparted to them knowledge,—knowledge upon which rested no curse of
sin, knowledge that would have brought them everlasting joy. The only knowledge
they gained by their disobedience was a knowledge of sin and its results....
Age after age, the curiosity of men has led them to seek for the tree of knowledge;
and often they think they are plucking fruit most essential, when, like Solomon’s
research, they find it altogether vanity and nothingness in comparison with
that science of true holiness which will open to them the gates of the city
of God. The human ambition has been seeking for that kind of knowledge that
will bring to them glory and self-exaltation and supremacy. Thus Adam and
Eve were worked upon by Satan until God’s restraint was snapped asunder,
and their education under the teacher of lies began in order that they might
have the knowledge which God had refused them.
True wisdom is a treasure as lasting as eternity. Many of the world’s
so-called wise men are wise only in their own estimation. Content with the
acquisition of worldly wisdom, they never enter the garden of God, to become
acquainted with the treasures of knowledge contained in His holy Word. Supposing
themselves to be wise, they are ignorant concerning the wisdom which all must
have who gain eternal life....The unlearned man, if he knows God and Jesus
Christ, has a more enduring wisdom than has the most learned man who despises
the instruction of God.
Divine wisdom is to be a lamp to your feet....Everything that can be shaken
will be shaken; but rooted and grounded in the truth, you will abide with
those things that cannot be shaken.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 30, 31.