What do we enjoy beyond anything else?
God’s goal is for us to delight in wisdom. We should love wisdom more than anything. We should adore it, take pleasure in it and rejoice in it.
Do I appreciate wisdom more than anything? God’s goal is for us to savor wisdom. We should revel in it, luxuriate in it and glory in its presence.
Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool,
but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Proverbs 10:23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
I want wisdom. It is important to my daily walk with Jesus. Sometimes it helps, in understanding something, is to look and see what it is not.
The following is a partial list of some characteristics of a fool from the book of Proverbs:
- A fool hates knowledge (1:22)
- Takes no pleasure in understanding (18:2)
- Enjoys wicked schemes (Proverbs 10:23)
- Proclaims folly (Proverbs 12:23)
- Spurns a parent’s discipline (15:5)
- Speaks perversity (19:1)
- Is quick-tempered (12:16)
- Gets himself in trouble with his proud speech (14:3)
- Mocks at sin (14:9)
- Is deceitful (14:8)
- Despises his mother (15:20)
- A foolish child brings grief to his or her parents (17:25; 19:13)
- A foolish man commits sexual immorality (6:32; 7:7–12)
- A foolish woman tears down her own house (14:1)
- The ultimate description of a fool is one who “says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’
- They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
Although fools can choose to become wise by heeding wise counsel and applying it, the Bible warns against associating with fools. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”