The Wise Get Wiser

by Stan Mitchell
When I was a missionary in Africa, poverty was a constant fact of life. Everyone from social workers to businessmen and Christian leaders offered solutions to the problem. One of the slogans, repeated endlessly, was the following:
“The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.”
Let’s adapt that proverb by saying that the message of scripture is, “The wise get wiser, and the foolish more foolish.”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).
Wisdom from God is far more than tearing open the message of a fortune cookie or concluding that there is some kind of guidance in the position of the stars. It is a way of life that takes into account God’s will in everything we do.
When we become wise, it is because we took a fork in the road, the one where we decided to hear God speak, and learn more from him. There is a connection between having a fear of the Lord and listening to him. We tend to disregard the advice of those we don’t respect, and listen to those whom we do.
And when we listen, we become wiser.
Modern man is deeply impressed with himself; he can hardly imagine an ancient document having anything new or relevant to say to him. At this point, he switches off and stops listening to God. The foolish get more foolish!
Biblical fools aren’t brain cell-challenged. They don’t need a brain transplant; they need heart surgery! It is their attitude toward what God says that lets them down.
This week, have you gotten any wiser?

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