The first nine chapters of this book are a discourse on the nature of wisdom and stupidity (or folly). The literary form of proverbs is an ancient way of transmitting attitudes and reasons for godly behaviour. What are the marks of both wise and stupid people?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Solomon starts out the book of Proverbs with a bang!
He tells us that in life there are two roads, two paths. Wisdom and Folly.
There is a clear link here with Moses and the Law, where God spoke to Israel of obedience bringing blessing and disobedience bringing curse.
Wisdom is obedience.
Folly is disobedience.
These are the two paths Solomon presents us.
If we despise wisdom and instruction (if we are not teachable) we are fools. We choose folly.
In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus points clearly to the folly of those at that time who were the leaders of the people (the Scribes and Pharisees). “Wot to you,” is repeated many times, coupled with “You blind fools!”
If we want examples of fools who despise wisdom and instruction, we can find them in God’s word, in both old and new testaments.
But we also know examples from our own experiences.
Better by far is to focus on WISDOM.
Because we have in Jesus the best and strongest and absolute and life-changing example of wisdom. Of the path to life, obedience under God’s will.
Let us choose Jesus – Let us be seeking His wisdom and not turn from His instruction!
* Gracious God,
Please help us today to seek Your wisdom.
Please write Your word, Your wisdom, on our hearts today.
Whatever it may be. A word here, a phrase there, different from each other or the same – It is Your wisdom.
Please show us Jesus today.