Thursday, 4 May 2017

Forsake foolishness

Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.  - Pro 9:6

On the other side of pursuing wisdom we are also told to forsake foolishness and go in the way of understanding.

Foolishness is all around us. It is normally defined with something like ‘a lack of good sense or judgement.’ According to Wikipedia ‘Andreas Maercker in 1995 defined Foolishness as rigid, dogmatic and inflexible thinking which makes feelings of bitterness and probable annoyance.’

And still, despite all the warnings and dangers foolishness is all about us in a world that seems like it has totally lost its way. How often we seen a lack of good sense in government or the media or on social media or even in our churches? Good sense seems to be forgotten in world of craziness.

The problem is that foolishness has so much become the norm that it is easy to get caught up in it. Everyone else is chasing after foolishness so we do as well so that we don’t miss something.

But foolishness always brings trouble. It can’t go right. It can only go wrong. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians that our wisdom is foolishness to the world and that their wisdom is foolishness to us. It is up to us to discern true wisdom from the world’s wisdom.

Even with all the foolishness going on around us we need to seek God’s wisdom and forsake the foolishness of the world.

Pursue wisdom, and forsake foolishness. 

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