“I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.” (Psalm 119:100, NIV)
Most people gain knowledge through the so-called “school of hard knocks,” and they obtain understanding through trial and error. However, there is an easier, faster, and less painful way to acquire the wisdom of the sages: Obedience to God’s word.
It feeds our ego to “be in charge,” but we must resist this Sirens call. None of us are clever enough, often enough, to consider all of the angles in a decision; but, through simple obedience to even the most mundane of God’s commandments, the grace, the peace, and the life we seek will come to us. – Luther