Monday, January 2, 2017

Educated Fools!

My child, you must follow and treasure my teachings and my instructions.  Keep in tune with wisdom and think what it means to have common sense.   Beg as loud as you can for good common sense.   Search for wisdom as you would search for silver or hidden treasure.   Then you will understand what it means to respect and to know the LORD God.  All wisdom comes from the LORD, and so do common sense and understanding.  God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should.  God sees that justice is done, and he watches over everyone who is faithful to him.  With wisdom you will learn what is right and honest and fair.  Wisdom will control your mind, and you will be pleased with knowledge.

Proverbs 2: 1 - 10

My grandmother used to tell me that there are people who are “educated fools.”  Lots of learning and even degrees of higher education do not insure that you will be wise.  You can know everything, but have no wisdom about how to properly use the knowledge you have.  And also you can know almost “nothing” but have wisdom about everything you do know.

Wisdom does not come from the classroom or from reading books!  Wisdom comes from God.  And these verses in Proverbs 2 say that common sense and understanding also come from the Almighty!  

So if you are foolish, you need to turn your heart to God rather than simply learning more information.  Without a heart that desires to walk with Jesus you will be a foolish man no matter how much you know!

And if you are wise, you need to be warned that one result of turning away from God is that you will become a fool!  And the truth is this: When you reject God in your life you won’t even know that you have become foolish.  You will simply become angry at those who have not also walked away from God!  

“Lord Jesus, draw my heart back to You, so that I might once again be wise!  Without You in my life, I can’t even see that I am not being wise.  May You Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”

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