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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom and Foolishness – A Contrast: Our Aspirations: Proverbs 18:1-2

1) Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2) A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

In this chapter of Proverbs, we will be contrasting the effects of wisdom or foolishness on various areas of our day to day life…

EXPOSITION:

Our life aspirations are greatly effected with the application of wisdom or foolishness…

1) Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh [and] intermeddleth with all wisdom.
The inner longings of a man who has chosen to live a holy life, will compel him to strive for and stubbornly seek additional wisdom.  It is this wisdom that is necessary for a holy lifestyle that glorifies his Lord.

The application of wisdom to our life aspirations results in a holy life that pursues the increase of wisdom and its application to our life.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.   Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].”   (Ephesians 5:15-17)

2) A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
A fool does not have pleasure in possessing understanding except to use it to exalt himself in the eyes of others.  The fool believes he is a great person and desires to show others his greatness through outward displays of understanding.   Little does he realize that the true purpose of understanding is not to exalt ourselves but to possess a God glorifying lifestyle and to a blessing to others.

Godly understanding is a gracious gift given to us for the purpose of honoring God and helping others.  This is done through holy living that springs from the application of understanding to our lives.

These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.  For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”   (2 Peter 2:17-19)

SUMMARY:

To aspire to acquire greater wisdom and understanding can be motivated out of love for God and those around us, or selfishness and pride.

For those who are wise, their desire for increased wisdom and understanding is motivated by a desire for God’s glory and other’s benefit.  For the foolish, they may desire to acquire understanding and wisdom for their own personal gain.

By God’s grace let us all desire to attain the wisdom and understanding of the Lord so that we might be better servants for Him.

Let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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13 Comments

  1. […] SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 18:1-2 « SettledInHeaven … […]

    • Thank you Pastor. Wisdom and folly. One in the same if not given to glorify God.

      Have a great day.

      • Rob Barkman says:

        Hi Tahlitha,

        You are so right…. worldly wisdom and worldly foolishness are basically the same. That’s why Godly wisdom (the application of God’s Word to our lives) is what we should strive for at all times.

        Thanks for the comments. Lord bless you.

  2. Terry says:

    Thanks so much Rob for a very important lesson

  3. Debbie says:

    Praying for wisdom and knowledge so I can serve Him and others more! Thank you and God bless you!

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Proverbs 18:2…what a verse that appropriately describe our times, and much of modern “counseling” with counselees

  5. When we try to use our own ‘wisdom’ we very quickly discover the truth that it is folly. When we trust our amazing God and use His wisdom, we are caused to praise Him again as we see the results of His work.
    Thank you again for the reminder Rob.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN! My being able to share the few truths that I can see is a great blessing to me. I thank the Lord for the privilege. May the Lord continue to bless you Angela. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord.

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