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October 23, 2015, 11:19 AM

Anything but foolish...

"Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions." - Proverbs 18:2 (NIV 2011)

I like Proverbs because they cut right to the chase.  Usually, the wisdom of this type of scripture is easy to find and there is no mistaking what is meant...this is the case for the above proverb.  Unfortunately, when it's this clear, there really is no reason for misinterpretation or failing to follow the advice presented.  Another great characteristic of many proverbs is that the advice given can be used "daily."  It's not to be used in just some cases or something that can be tucked away for a future event, but it can be used regularly, as is the case with Proverbs 18:2.

On a daily basis, we encounter folks (ourselves included) who love to air their opinions.  There is nothing wrong with opinions.  In fact, I'm glad that others have opinions, as life would be dull if everyone believed exactly as I did.  After all, what would there be to discuss...nothing, because we would already know what the other person is thinking.  Therefore, this proverb is not speaking against having our own opinion, but something deeper.

The issue at hand is holding our opinion higher or more important that someone else's.  Please let me be very clear, I'm talking about "opinions" and not "biblical truths."  When we get to the point of finding "delight in airing" our own opinion, we are boasting and forming an answer without even listening to what the other person is saying.  We are not trying to understand the other person, we are simply waiting for an opportunity to speak and get our proverbial two cents into the conversation.  We aren't asking questions to make sure that we understand the situation.  We are rushing to conclusions.  According to Solomon, this is foolish.  

Someone that tries to understand will listen.  That person will respond in conversation to the words that are said, not the the thoughts that are preconceived.  If we are to have fulfilled relationships with one another (i.e. spouses, friends, co-workers, associates, etc.), we must respond to the words that are said in conversation, ask questions, learn things, and then we can understand...which is anything but foolish.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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