Sound Reasoning Discerns


“A mocker searches for wisdom without finding it, but knowledge comes easily to a person who has understanding.” (Proverbs 14:6 God’s Word Translation) Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding—God reveals these three through this Scripture as He tells us that an arrogant person tries to get wisdom but can’t find it. However, knowledge comes easily for those who understand. What then does it mean to understand?


“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28 Authorized Version)


“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 Authorized Version) The Hebrew word “biynah” means both “understanding” and “discernment.” To depart from evil is understanding or discernment. The knowledge of the holy is understanding or discernment. If we understand, we know the difference between the holy and the evil. We discern the difference between truth and lies. We understand that lies are evil and we depart from them and their fruit.


Sound reasoning discerns between truth and lies, but unsound reasoning makes truth appear untrue, and it makes untruth appear true. Since unsound reasoning is often complicated and confused, it makes truth seem difficult. From Job 28:28, we see that understanding is turning away from evil.


The hardest part is discerning good from evil, truth from error, or reality from concepts. And though we may feel unsure of this difference sometimes, God makes us confident that He’ll oversee our entire journey to the end. And even if we have only a vague understanding of this certainty, as we walk with Him, we see the vision becoming a bit more stable and defined. And He’s faithful to finish the work that He started in us.

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Scientia, “Real Faith & Reason Journey”


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