Have you ever known a fool? How about a person who’s wise? In your experience, are there more of the foolish or more of the wise?
As I was getting my haircut last week, I looked down at the black drape that my barber had put around me to keep the hair off, and I had to comment that I didn’t like the color she had chosen to use. The black of the drape really showed how much gray hair I now have. Mind you, it’s not all gray yet, but it seems like every time I go for a haircut there is more and more.
I guess I shouldn’t feel so bad about it, though, based on Proverbs 16:31. “Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the way of righteousness.” I know that the Lord is not at all interested in flattering us, but verses like this sure do help to ease the process of getting older.
So today we learned that God really detests liars and dishonest business practices, impatient and easily angered people, disloyal and unfaithful friends, and much more. Of course, that is no surprise, but remember that Proverbs was given to us as a guide, or a course on how to gain wisdom. It’s filled with examples that contrast the wise with the fool.
And given its purpose, it must be possible to learn wisdom. Of course that is true, because most of the wise people I have known are those who have been down the road a while. They are the, as my good friend Ron Ploof of Griddlecakes Radio says, “the gray hairs”. Have you ever noticed how unusual it is to find a young person with wisdom? It can happen, but you don’t often walk away from a conversation with a young person saying, “What wisdom!”
So if your answer to my question at the beginning of the show was that there are more foolish people than wise, be encouraged. Fools can learn to be wise. What they need is guidance from the Master. My encouragement to you is to be the wise person who is available to those that need wisdom, so that you can point them to the Source of wisdom.
What do you think?