For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
To be in awe of God is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
We see fools everyday. Whether it is the jerk who cut us off in traffic and almost kills us and himself, or the neighbor who buys a $50,000 car while his house looks like a junkyard, or the coworker who just got caught in an adulterous affair. Of course there are many many more examples… but the one thing they all have in common is this: “they despise wisdom and instruction”.
Yeah… we all sometimes despise wisdom and instruction (in a sense we are all a little foolish)… but some folks are just like little children, they keep running headlong into mistake after mistake because they haven’t learned to look at ‘the big picture’ or the ‘long view’ of life. Every choice and decision is immeidate and with only the immediate future in mind. When we focus on the immediate future… it is usually ourselves who are the ‘stars’ of the show. This probably explains why so many people are so selfish.
When we put God at the center of our perspective… it is hard to be so foolish. Things like love, charity, truth, and eternity take the place of our next whims and fancy.