Hosea said, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6, NIV). Sometimes we Christians believe that God is not going to allow us to suffer. Sometimes we believe that God is always going to protect us from life’s pains. And it is true that God will fight our battles for us when we are viciously attacked and vindicate us when we are wrongly accused. But God will not reward stupidity. In fact, the entire book of Proverbs was written to drive home this point: If you make wise decisions, you will be rewarded accordingly. But if you make foolish decisions, you will face the consequences of your own uninformed choices.
So God will protect you from the enemy, but he won’t always protect you from yourself. Sometimes, the only way he can teach us the difference between right and wrong is to let us taste the fruits of our own actions and drink the wine of our own ignorance. Through life itself, God reminds us every day that wisdom is essential and that we should value it and pursue it with all our might.
Christian people are not immune to the pains of life, particularly the self-inflicted pains that result from unwise actions. Without wisdom, therefore, even “my people” can be destroyed. Even the strongest and most committed believers can be negatively affected if they reject knowledge and despise wisdom. Consequently, wisdom is exalted in the Word of God, and the lifelong pursuit of knowledge is highly encouraged. In fact, it is commanded.