Day 2: Wisdom and foolishness – part 2

The book of Proverbs is God’s wisdom for living in a broken and sinful world. The foundation of wisdom is the fear of the LORD. Proverbs tells us that there is hope that a fool can change their ways (Prov. 8:5).

Lady Wisdom calls to us and says: “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says: “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” God invites us to hear His instruction on the right way to live (Prov. 1:2-4). Thus, wisdom can be acquired, and we are wise to listen to the invitation and take hold of God’s wisdom.

In these proverbs, we see that wisdom is more valuable than gold (Prov. 16:16). Fools are reckless and careless (Prov. 14:16); they neither know nor fear the Lord. In contrast, wisdom shines like a light in the company of fools (Prov. 14:33). May the Lord give us a heart-felt desire to seek His wisdom in all things.

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

– Prov. 14:16

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

– Prov. 14:18

Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.

– Prov. 14:33

The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.

– Prov. 15:14

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

– Prov. 15:20

A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.

– Prov. 16:14

In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favour is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.

– Prov. 16:15

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

– Prov. 16:16

Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

– Prov. 16:22

Lord God, the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. This day, help us to set a trap over our mouths, to turn away from evil and even put to death all that is unworthy of You within us.

Wisdom is better than gold. We ask today to set our minds on gaining Your wisdom.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.