A saying came up in conversation recently; a little knowledge is dangerous.

Interestingly it was the one who said it that should have heeded the warning.

The implication of this statement is that now armed with a little knowledge we can make giant assumptions about the area we know little about.

Proverbs 26:12 says “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

A little knowledge is dangerous if not tempered by wisdom. Wisdom that many of our judgments, opinions and presumptions are actually based on little knowledge.

Surely the search for knowledge is not negative. Nor aspiring to grow, to learn or to increase. Yet wisdom is the knowledge that we always remain a student, and can always
stretch that little further, there’s always more to learn.

For when we start to believe we know it all then as in Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

This I believe especially applies in our judgments and biases. When we judge others it is always with a lack of knowledge, always hindered by our own bias and expectations.

Galatians 6:3 “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

My encouragement this month is to focus on areas where we are quick to judge, to form an opinion, and as the thought arises turn the focus back on ourselves and consider more what it says about ourselves than what we think of others.