“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:5-7).
If you’re a fool, it’s because you choose to be one.
Being a fool has nothing to do with being ignorant. Ignorance has no moral undertones. It just means one doesn’t know, not one is incapable of learning. An ignorant person can stop being ignorant by learning, by understanding.
Being foolish, being a fool is entirely different than being ignorant. A fool is one by choice. And that’s just dumb. That’s foolish. Shame on fools.
The text today says, “GET” wisdom. “GET” understanding.
The Hebrew verb for “Get” is written in the imperative. This is a command. God commands us to “GET” wisdom and understanding. Wisdom and understanding is within everyone’s grasp. We just need to go and get it. We need to pursue it. We need to want it.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given you.”
If anyone is a fool, if anyone lacks understanding, it’s by choice.
Don’t be a fool.
How can we “Get” wisdom and understanding?
- Ask God. God promises to give us wisdom.
- Remember God’s words and obey them. We are told, “Do not forget my words or turn away from them.”