To Not Pursue Wisdom Is To Pursue Folly
December 6, 2013
Wisdom comes only to those who seek it, put it into practice, and continue to desire it above all else. To know wisdom is to know God and to understand His ways. No other attainment compares, even remotely, to this. Why, then, do most people not place value on wisdom? Undoubtably it is because they are not wise.
But hasn’t God given everyone a measure of wisdom by which to start? –To begin the search for what is true and good and right and eternally profitable? He has. (Ec. 7:29 // Rom. 1:19,20) But men go off to search out many schemes (Ec. 7:29 // Rom. 1:21-25) so that they turn foolish and depraved. (same verses) Because they change the Truth of God into the Lie (Rom. 1:25) and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (same verse), God gives them over to spiral down into what they lust after, which is ever-increasing shamefulness and evil. (v. 26-32)
Instead of searching for Wisdom, men pursue (chase / strive for) things that are fleeting –money, wealth, prestige, fame, acclaim, popularity, pleasure, sex, ease, security, and definitely power. To be the Controller, the Commander, the King, the one in charge, seems to be the aim of multitudes, and all their other pursuits are actually the means by which to achieve this. Even acclaim and an honorable name will be sacrificed in order to get more power. For their power is their pride.
Wise people, however, don’t care about controlling. They already rest in the Omnipotent Controller who leads them, guides them, cares for them, protects them. And pride is something they flee. Pride, they know, is that which made the devil think he could exalt himself as God (Isa. 14:13,14), but that which instead brought him down to everlasting shame. (v. 11,12) For all the proud, wise men know, are those who have, by their pride, made themselves enemies of God. (Ps. 31.23 // Pr. 16:5 // 1 Peter 5:5)
Wise people don’t care about acclaim either. Worldly people’s opinions matter nothing to them. They know that sinners are fickle and that their praising is brief. They also know that their Savior was hated by the rebellious and that He warned His followers that they would be hated as well. (John 15:18-21) For Truth indeed makes the wicked hostile. (3:20 // 2 Cor. 2:15,16 // 1 John 3:12,13)
Wise people believe God’s Word. They believed it long ago, feared God, heeded warnings, and stepped into Wisdom’s tutelage. (Pr. 8:10) There they have continued, finding that Wisdom is truly the most precious attainment there is (v. 11), and that what it produces surpasses the value of the purest gold, the choicest silver, and the rarest rubies. (v. 11,19)
The man who does not seek Wisdom is seeking Folly, whether he acknowledges this fact or not. Being negligent in seeking Wisdom, he lets himself be led astray by his own foolishness and lack of discipline. (Pr. 5:23) Entangling himself until he is completely captive (v. 22), ruin and death become his only prospect. (v. 23 & 8:36)
Is there no hope for the fool? There is. There is always hope as long as the man is alive, and as long as there is a praying person. But choice is still involved, for God doesn’t force.
Will the foolish man listen? Will he stop and heed Wisdom’s call? (Pr. 9:6) –The call to forsake Folly and walk in the way of understanding? (same verse) He might. If the Lord, in His love, lays the man down in the dust, doing so that the man might take the time to feel his chains, acknowledge the grief he himself has generated, and become aware of the angel of death waiting nearby.
But, the answer still might be, “It’s no use. ‘We have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.'” (Isa. 28:15)