An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tune Up, Not Out

(Proverbs 24:7 KJV)  Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

This makes it sound like “wisdom” (2451) is out of reach for some people.  Is wisdom always too “high” (7311) or can it be brought within reach?  From reading in other places I think there is the aspect of volition involved.  We are what we are based on choices. 

There is a reason why wisdom is associated with age but it not an automatic correlation.  Wisdom takes time to develop, that is why it is more common with time.  Experience teaches some people and they learn to recognize patterns and cause and effect.  The reason that it is based in a fear of the Lord is that the person who places God in the right place is positioned to see things as they are, not as they want them to be.  That is a characteristic of wisdom.

Wisdom does not always come with age.  In fact, real wisdom is a rare thing.  People stop learning.  Christians stop reading their Bible.  They begin to listen to gurus instead of the Word and the Spirit.  Paul talked about believers who lived on the milk instead of the meat and had to constantly be retaught the elementary things.

You choose to be a “fool” (191).  These fools seem to be a little different than the ones I know.  They listen instead of speak.  It is possible that some people recognize their limitations and act on them.  Perhaps you can be a fool for a time as you learn and then move to another level.

So?  Learn to listen.  Learn what is true.  That can only come from knowing the truth.  I play a little bit of guitar.  You can tune a guitar to itself if you are going totally solo but to be a part of the symphony of life, it needs to be tuned to an absolute scale.  When all are in tune to the absolute scale the masterpiece can be played.  Tune up, don’t tune out.

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