Proverbs 17:16

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by: FCC Staff

11/12/2020

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Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
when he has no sense?

Most of the time proverbs hits us with two-part wisdom, two statement that are meant to complement and contrast with each other in a way that gets us thinking. The goal is usually to get you thinking about truth, justice and wisdom, less of just flat out stating something as a fact.

Today’s proverb breaks with that paradigm to great effect. Why should a fool have money, even to buy wisdom, when they have no sense to begin with? One, it tells us that money is very rarely a solution to a problem that requires wisdom. Pouring more money into a bad investment doesn’t typically make it any better, in fact it will most likely make matters worse.

Two it speaks to our priorities. If we are most concerned with getting things for ourselves, material possessions and shiny baubles then we aren’t going to be seekers of wisdom as well. You can amass a collection of all the greatest thinkers and commentators in history, own 19 different bibles and high tech software to study and cross-reference your collection… but if you lack wisdom, you’re only going to end up doing foolish things with those resources.

James 3:17-18 tells us, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” If we embrace this wisdom, we will see this “harvest of righteousness” in our own lives. But just amassing a collection of Christian merchandise doesn’t make one wise.

What’s more we can consider that Solomon was very wealthy, but he knew that wisdom wasn’t something to be bought, but something that came from God. (1 Kings 3:1-15) In fact when God asked him what one thing he desired, Solomon humbled himself and told God that basically he was just a kid, and he would need wisdom in order to govern the people of Israel. Humility came before wisdom, and God was pleased with this request, because it came for humility and a desire to serve others.

Pride and foolishness would tell us that we can get whatever we want if we just have the money for it. In fact later in proverbs we are told, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.” (Proverbs 20:21) Put another way, a fool and his money are soon parted.

So today instead of focusing on getting more “stuff” let’s seek wisdom. The more wisdom we have, the more content we can learn to be, and the more peaceful and blessed our lives can become. And from this overflow of peace and blessing we can seek to share the truths of God’s wisdom with others.

Prayer for Today
Father, help me today to not see money as a solution to all my problems. Help me to invest in your kingdom Jesus, buy pursing your wisdom and truth. By your Holy Spirit give me the wisdom I need to seek your will today. In the blessed name of Jesus, amen.

Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
when he has no sense?

Most of the time proverbs hits us with two-part wisdom, two statement that are meant to complement and contrast with each other in a way that gets us thinking. The goal is usually to get you thinking about truth, justice and wisdom, less of just flat out stating something as a fact.

Today’s proverb breaks with that paradigm to great effect. Why should a fool have money, even to buy wisdom, when they have no sense to begin with? One, it tells us that money is very rarely a solution to a problem that requires wisdom. Pouring more money into a bad investment doesn’t typically make it any better, in fact it will most likely make matters worse.

Two it speaks to our priorities. If we are most concerned with getting things for ourselves, material possessions and shiny baubles then we aren’t going to be seekers of wisdom as well. You can amass a collection of all the greatest thinkers and commentators in history, own 19 different bibles and high tech software to study and cross-reference your collection… but if you lack wisdom, you’re only going to end up doing foolish things with those resources.

James 3:17-18 tells us, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” If we embrace this wisdom, we will see this “harvest of righteousness” in our own lives. But just amassing a collection of Christian merchandise doesn’t make one wise.

What’s more we can consider that Solomon was very wealthy, but he knew that wisdom wasn’t something to be bought, but something that came from God. (1 Kings 3:1-15) In fact when God asked him what one thing he desired, Solomon humbled himself and told God that basically he was just a kid, and he would need wisdom in order to govern the people of Israel. Humility came before wisdom, and God was pleased with this request, because it came for humility and a desire to serve others.

Pride and foolishness would tell us that we can get whatever we want if we just have the money for it. In fact later in proverbs we are told, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.” (Proverbs 20:21) Put another way, a fool and his money are soon parted.

So today instead of focusing on getting more “stuff” let’s seek wisdom. The more wisdom we have, the more content we can learn to be, and the more peaceful and blessed our lives can become. And from this overflow of peace and blessing we can seek to share the truths of God’s wisdom with others.

Prayer for Today
Father, help me today to not see money as a solution to all my problems. Help me to invest in your kingdom Jesus, buy pursing your wisdom and truth. By your Holy Spirit give me the wisdom I need to seek your will today. In the blessed name of Jesus, amen.

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