Social media has become to this generation a billboard for displaying the nature and wares of the foolish. The lack of discretion evidenced in things posted and written on Facebook has become for too many an open display of their folly and for some a path of destruction. Solomon taught his son that wise men exercise discretion, while fools rage.
Proverbs 14:33 – “Wisdom [spiritual insight, discernment and dependence on God] resteth [gives comfort; remains] in the heart [and mind] of him that hath understanding [godly discernment; prudence]: but that which is in the midst [in the heart of] of fools [hates knowledge; silly or stupid] is made known [perceived; declared].”
Men and women of godly wisdom find solace in the wisdom God has imparted to those who seek and revere Him (Proverbs 1:7). While the wicked rage, their hearts full of bitterness and driven by jealousies (James 3:14-16), the purveyors of godly wisdom know the rest and peace God alone imparts (James 3:17-18).
It is the nature of fools to lack discretion in their words and ways. Like the rich fool who boasts he will tear down his barns to amass more wealth and then “eat, drink, and be merry”, fools are often awakened to their folly only when death comes knocking (Luke 12:16-21). Loud, boisterous, abandoning all propriety, fools boast, blind to the reality their lives, indeed, their very heartbeat resides in the hand of their Creator.
My friend, you may find temporal solace in the applause of other like-minded fools, but lasting peace belongs to those who fear the Lord and embrace the wisdom He alone imparts.
James 3:17-18 – “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith