The internet has a way of fooling us into thinking we know things. And perhaps it does give us more ready access to knowledge than we had prior to its existence. But because it is self-guided research there tends to be a lot of confirmation bias involved. Not to mention the incredible amount of misinformation available on the internet. Finally, knowing something and using that knowledge are two very different things.
We live in an age where no one can know a lot about a lot of things, there is simply too much to know. Even if we are the very best there is in our field, there are all those other fields where someone will know more. We need instruction throughout our lives.
Seems like Solomon knew that when he wrote the Proverbs a few thousand years ago.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
“Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
“For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
To turn aside from the snares of death.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
This Sunday morning I ask God for good teachers and a willingness to learn.