The Proverbs of Solomon. The wise in heart will receive commandments; But a prating fool shall fall (Proverbs 10:8, ASV). Wisdom, by most, is measured by what a person accumulates in experiences. If you live to be 75 then, presumably, you will be wiser than a 55 years old person because you have experienced much more. This is not an unreasonable interpretation, but it is mistaken. Wisdom is not measured by years of experience, but by the knowledge one gains, coupled with consistent application in difficult circumstances, then add to this the years of experience. If wisdom is connected with knowledge, then what is the source of that knowledge? There are only two sources. One source is God, the other source is not. That’s it. Paul wrote, For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor. 1:21). Paul makes a contrast. There is wisdom that comes from man without God with the wisdom that comes from God to man. The wise in heart will hear God and obey, but the foolish person will have little time for God because the Almighty does not perpetuate one ambition in this world. I don’t want to be a fool; how about you? RT
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud (Proverbs 16:19, NKJV). Just as pride is a significant contribution to one’s personal destruction, the one with a humble hear that many who are will to stand alongside. With this in mind, why in the world would anything there is wisdom found with the proud in heart? It is likely there are some who think this way because that is what they want – the world, or things that are of this world!
While it is likely we know what it means to be humble, in case there might be a question about it in our own mind, let us consider the best perspective of humility known to man. The Williams New Testament Translations reads, “Stop acting from motives of selfish strife or petty ambition, but in humility practice treating one another as your superiors. Stop looking after your own interests only but practice looking out for the interests of others too. Keep on fostering the same disposition that Christ Jesus had (Philippians 2:3-5).
A word to the wise is for one to be quiet and humble than to be loud, proud and a fool, for the proud fool catches all the flies around and when the mouth sprays its stench.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3, NKJV). The fool has said in his heart there is no God; this is because he is entirely ignorant that the Lord is watching him! The fool is not only the atheist, but also the one who believes in the Lord, but refuses to modify a life (his own) toward that which is righteous. The sentiment is has an obvious application. There is nothing one can do, there is nothing one can say, there is nothing one can think that the Lord does not already know about. Sobering!