Foolishness and wisdom seem to be a recurring theme in our family right now. Partly due to circumstances around us, and partly due to, what I think, is just the way God loves to shout messages at us to get through to our hard-headedness.
“He who walks with the wise will become wise; but a companion of fools suffers harm.“
So simple, isn’t it? But we DON’T GET IT! Even aside from the issue of children spending the majority of time with peers in school (another topic altogether), we have the church which holds the Bible as its authority, and then sets up a paradigm that competes with the very instructions therein.
And though I’m certainly not saying that all peer-segregated activities are negative, we’ve made it the standard for virtually all interaction. From babies to the elderly, most churches separate its members upon entrance in the door and we miss the precious “walking with wisdom” opportunities meant to grow believers. Why do we disregard the wisdom of the very Word?
I think of how the constant segregation has robbed us from the wisdom of the elderly, and robbed them of their perceived value and worth.
But I think “walk with the wise” has deeper implications than even the people with whom we spend the most time. What about the people I read? Listen to via sermons, etc.? Magazines, books, music–am I being saturated–am I “walking with” wisdom? Are my children?
“And whatsoever he does shall prosper.”
Who is the guy that will prosper in all things? He who “doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly…but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates in it day and night”.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen foolishness so rampant as now. Sometimes I’m listening to the news or the latest political rhetoric or, unfortunately, sometimes another believer, and I’m speechless for the foolishness that abounds, masked behind intelligent-looking and sounding adults! Do you know what I mean by the apparent “check your brains at the door” trend?
(So I had to ask my husband, “Why are fools running the country?” And he said, “Easy. Fools voted.”)
This lack of wisdom has massive implications for the quality of our lives. It affects our relationships, our finances, our values, our time–everything. And as we suffer for lack of wisdom, we become a people less and less able to discern truth or divide the Word. And that has resulted in a church full of brokenness, much of which, frankly, could be avoided.
The more I live, the more I see the need to pursue wisdom and teach my children to do the same. It’s easier to be “simple”. But it’s deadly.
“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares…”
Will we listen?