Have you ever thought about the difference between knowledge and wisdom? They are very different qualities. One gains knowledge through reading, listening, studying, observing. Knowledge is taught in schools – or at least used to be taught in schools!
Wisdom is the ability to understand and put to good use the knowledge one has obtained.
According to the definitions: Knowledge is gathered from learning, education; while most say that wisdom is gathered from day-to-day experiences and is a state of being wise. Knowledge is merely having clarity of facts and truths, while wisdom is the practical ability to make consistently good decisions in life.
You can read and study, acquiring many facts on any subject that interests you. You can spout formulas, numeric tables, theories, on whatever topic, however if you do not have the understanding to use that information in a practical manner in your everyday life, the acquired facts are useless.
You just have a head full of stuff! It is only when you think things through and can put them into perspective with practical use that the learning becomes useful.
And so it is with religion! Reading the Bible or any other sacred literature and quoting it verbatim - or word for word - means nothing if you do not understand the deeper meaning in the writing. It takes pondering the words and their actual message as it applies in your life that will assist you in gaining wisdom. Many times, as you progress through the experiences life brings, along with the joy or pain associated with the life lessons comes a deeper understanding and possibly a totally different perspective than the meaning you first gleaned from a passage.
That is also where meditation and quiet time allows thoughts to roll around in your head so that spirit steps in, making things clearer. That is when you find those AHA! moments and suddenly discover how what you read applies to you and this or that situation.
Wisdom is also why, as we grow forward, we handle things differently, usually more kindly and with more love toward others. We learn we are not the center of the universe. We attempt to be more considerate of others. We grow spiritually and expand our auras through wisdom. Wisdom is warm and caring. Knowledge can be just cold facts!
Strive to become wise and loving and you will find life becomes easier, less stressful and deeper in meaning.