To become truly wise we must forsake our own human, finite, wisdom and trust in the wisdom of God.
There is much for the Christian to learn from the teaching of Proverbs on the fool.
Let me suggest several topics on which you might profitably meditate.
First, while we would admit that foolishness (folly) is sin, let us also be aware of the fact that sin is foolishness. Whenever we choose to sin, we are choosing to play the part of the fool. When we sin, we conclude that we are wiser than God and that we are better able to judge matters than He.
Sin is the decision to reject the wisdom of God and venture out on our own.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan deceived Eve into believing that God’s prohibition was unwise and unkind and that disobedience would make her wise, even God-like (http://net.bible.org/#!bible/Gen. 3:5-6">Gen. 3:5-6). Such is always the case with sin. We cannot choose to sin without rejecting the wisdom of God.
Satan is the prince of fools.
He chose to rebel against God and to assert his will over God’s. He delights in sin and he actively seeks to lead others in his evil way. He sets himself about the task of hindering others and bringing about their destruction. He is a deceiver, a sinner, a liar and a murderer. He accuses the saints before God and slanders them. He is arrogant and proud. He is a troublemaker and a nuisance. Because of this, he should be avoided.
Third, everyone must decide to be a fool in the eyes of some. The one who is wise in his own eyes is a fool to God. The one who trusts in God and walks in the way of wisdom is a fool to Satan and to those who are without Christ. The way of the cross is a foolish way to the unsaved.
To become truly wise we must forsake our own human, finite, wisdom and trust in the wisdom of God. We must become foolish to become wise. Would you be wise in the eyes of God? Then you must acknowledge your sin and trust in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary for the forgiveness of your sins.
He died in your place.
He bore the penalty of your sins. By trusting in Christ’s death on your behalf, you not only enter the way of wisdom, you enter the way of everlasting life. Let us seek, by the grace of God, to put to death the works of the flesh, to be wise, and to forsake folly. And let us seek the salvation of those who are fools, by proclaiming the foolishness of the cross.
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