As Christians, we are commanded to gain wisdom.
While many Christians genuinely seek wisdom – others continue to live like fools – destroying their lives with poor choices and careless words.
So, how do we “get wisdom” and avoid living foolishly?
The book of Proverbs has key insights on the difference between a wise and foolish man.
Characteristics Of the Wise
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” Proverbs 4:7
Those who are wise are humble; they welcome correction.
Instead of living as if they “have it all figured out” – they know that they don’t – so live to seek God’s wisdom.
The wise surround themselves with Godly counsel – and understand there is wisdom in a plurality of counselors.
They are slow to speak – and quick to listen.
Instead of slandering their brother or sister, they work to build up the Christian community, not tear it down.
How The Foolish Live
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
Unlike the wise, foolish people reject wisdom and correction.
They think they are wise – as their prideful hearts blind them to their own sin and lead them down a path of destruction.
Instead of being accountable to other believers or willing to admit they may be on the wrong path – they press on full steam ahead down a possible path of destruction.
The reckless lifestyles of fools are harmful not only to themselves – but to others.
Their poor decisions often impact those closest to them – like family and friends.
Instead of learning from their mistakes, fools often repeats them, or as Proverbs 26:11 spells out so clearly “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”
Which One Are You?
The good news is, God tells us that if we seek wisdom through His word, we will find it.
You don’t have to live your life like a fool.
Even if you’ve made foolish choices in the past – today is a new day – and you can repent and seek wisdom now!
Some think simply “knowing” Bible verses equates to wisdom, but knowledge and wisdom are different.
A person with knowledge may know what the Bible says – but a person with wisdom applies the Bible to their life with Godly discernment.
The key to a life of wisdom is Biblical application to daily decisions – both big and small.
May we all humble ourselves and PRAY for wisdom – the trajectory and fruit of our lives truly depends on it.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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