Many educators claim that children today are growing up with greater knowledge than previous generations. Obviously, this claim is open to heated discussion and debate. However, Jacob Barnett, a twelve year old genius with an IQ of 170, is a convincing example.
Jacob began solving 3,000 piece jigsaw puzzles at the age of three. A few years later, he taught himself calculus, alegebra, and geometry in two weeks! By the age of eight, he finished High School! He is currently taking college level advanced astrophysics classes, while tutoring his older classmates. Scott Tremain, professor at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Studies, offered these comments about the pre-teen genius, "The theory he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics. Anyone who solves these problems will be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize."
It's very easy for us to say, "Wow!" Barnett truly is one of a kind. On the other hand, I'm sure this amazing analytic lacks something we all lack--wisdom. There's a significant difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge understands an abundance of facts; Wisdom puts those "facts" into good use! Even as Christians, we might be knowledgeable in the scriptures and spiritual matters, but we desperately need wisdom! James says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5) However, once we ask, let's make sure that we listen to what God tells us! Even if we know all the facts, if we don't understand God's will for our life, wisdom is absent from our psyche!