Chapter 1

Wisdom versus Knowledge

In terms of times and ages, the longest word in our language is the word eternity. Astoundingly, when we consider how the longest, endless running major rivers on six of Earth’s seven continents contribute greatly to wisdom, it can lead to other far-reaching magnificent truths. Considering wisdom’s eternal consequences, a list of only a few of the world’s famous rivers will serve well to reveal how wisdom and nature are supernaturally linked:

AsiaChang (Yangtze) River3,434 miles (5,530 km) long
AustraliaMurray-Darling River2,310 miles (3,720 km) long
EuropeVolga River2,290 miles (3,700 km) long
North AmericaMissouri River2,540 miles (4,090 km) long
North AmericaMississippi River2,340 miles (3,770 km) long
South AmericaAmazon River4,157 miles (6,694 km) long
AfricaNile River3,915 miles (6,305 km) long[1]

Other famous rivers:

Columbia RiverCanada/United States
St. Lawrence RiverCanada
Elbe RiverGermany
Rhein RiverSwitzerland/Liechtenstein/Austria/France/Germany/Netherlands
Mosel RiverFrance/Luxembourg/Germany
Ohio RiverUnited States
Arkansas RiverUnited States
Potomac RiverUnited States

Since there are 165 famous rivers in the world, these lists are by no means near complete. These rivers seem to flow forever; year after year, day and night. By applying wisdom, we can see that’s a lot of continuous water flowing. With examination of the evidence, it becomes more fully understood, beyond simply nature’s implications to supernatural certainties. Knowing these facts contributes to wisdom.

To maintain perspective, some of the world’s largest waterfalls are listed:

Victoria FallsZimbabwe/Zambia
1 mile (1.7 km) wide, 360 feet (108 meters) high
Angel FallsSalto Angel, Venezuela
dropping a total of 978 meters from the summit
(3,230 feet high; uninterrupted drop: 2,647 feet)
Niagara FallsUnited States/Canada
(most visited tourist attraction in the world)
Kaieteur FallsPotano River, Guyana
663 cubic meters of water per second
(23,400 cubic feet/second)
Yosemite FallsYosemite National Park, California
(tallest waterfall in the United States)[2]
Gullfoss FallsHvita, Iceland
Jog FallsCreated by River Sharavathi in India
Plitvice WaterfallsPlitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Sutherland FallsNew Zealand
Tugela FallsSouth Africa
Nohkalikai FallsHimalayas of India
Dettifoss FallsVatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Takakaw FallsYoho National Park, Canada
Gocta Cataracts FallsPeru
Huangguoshu FallsAsia
Detian FallsBorder of China and Vietnam
Blue Nile FallsNorthern Ethiopia

 “Few geographical features exemplify the beauty and power of nature [or creation] as dramatically as majestic waterfalls. The sight of tons of water spilling over the edge of a cliff or cascading over rocks never fails to impress.”[3]

The enormous power of these waterfalls is enough to generate electrical power for metropolitan cities as well as massive rural areas. The Kaieteur Falls of the Potano River in Guyana, cited above, producing 663 cubic meters of water every second, equal to 23,413.6 cubic feet per second.

The weight density of only one cubic foot water is 62.4 pounds.[4]

Just imagine a square container, one foot wide, one foot long, and one foot high, filled with water. The weight of the water filling that container is 62.4 pounds. Now multiply that cubic weight of 23,413.6 × 62.4 and realize that there are 1,461,008 pounds of water spilling out of that waterfall every second. That is about 44,000 tons of water each minute, about 2.5 million tons every hour—about 60 million tons of water running nonstop, day after day. And that’s from only one waterfall in South America.

What is it that causes the ocean to maintain its constant level, even though all these waterfalls and rivers continuously feed it?

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again. (Ecclesiastes 1:7)

Ecclesiastes was written nearly three thousand years ago (circa 930 BC), likely by King Solomon of Israel, son and successor of King David. God had answered Solomon’s prayer for wisdom:

“Therefore give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.” (1 Kings 3:9–12)

God blessed Solomon with more wisdom than any other earthly natural person. And God’s Spirit inspired Solomon to write this:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Fear is not necessarily being afraid. In this case, “the fear of the Lord” is trusting Him, respecting Him, and having faith in Him. The original Hebrew word for fear in Proverbs 9:10 is yirâh, which translates to “being reverent”; that is, giving awesome respect. It’s not about being afraid.[5] Philosophy is the quest for knowledge and wisdom. In Greek, philosophy is philosophia, which literally means “love of wisdom,” from philos, love, and sophia, wisdom. Philosophy is then further defined as “the science which aims at an explanation of all the phenomena of the universe by ultimate causes.”[6]

[1] EnchantedLearning.com – Major Rivers of the World, (accessed June 2019), https://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/rivers/majorrivers.shtml

[2] 17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World, #12 Yosemite Falls, Touropia.com (June 2019) https://www.touropia.com/greatest-waterfalls-in-the-world/

[3] 17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World, 1st paragraph, Touropia.com (June 2019) https://www.touropia.com/greatest-waterfalls-in-the-world/

[4] search aqua-calc.com, #compounds, site owner AVCalc LLC, (July 2019)

[5] James Strong, The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2001), s.v. “fear”

[6] Consolidated Book Publishers Chicago, The New Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language (Processing & Books, Inc.) , s.v. “philosphy”

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