Probing Proverbs 14:15-18 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
My title is obviously nonsensical, yet describes the state of our world today. Individuals are not only willingly ignoring facts, but are many times adamantly pursuing what they want, no matter what the facts are! This section of Proverbs describes with precise detail the various behaviors that individuals have that expose a foolish mentality. As usual this is compared to the behavior of individuals that desire to live wisely. I want to focus of the foolish this time, in order that we all will be challenged concerning our own behavior, while quickly pointing out how those that walk in wisdom behave.
The wise; meditatively travel the path of life, move with discernment, avoid evil, and treasure applied knowledge.
The foolish read something in a paper or on social media, hear something on the radio or TV, and believe it! No investigation needed, and even if facts to the contrary follow, it makes no difference! They do not measure their steps, but with arrogance push their belief on everyone. The minute a fact contradicts their agenda; they do not deal with the issue, they attack the person that brought forth the fact! They move to enlist others in a plan that does not deal with the facts, or the truth, instead brings a gang mentality together to destroy the person they believe is interfering with their agenda. So gripped by their own agenda, they repeat their lies over and over again…most times louder and louder, thinking through many words their version of the truth will prevail.
In my 60+ years I have experienced the huge difference between agenda driven living and Truth living. So let me share two realities stated in Scripture that have led me to seek Truth and leave my agenda behind:
Matthew 6:7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
Even with prayer – the fact is; to enter God’s throne room you need the Key, many words will not work! So it is with Truth, saying something over and over does not make it so!
Psalm 37:12–13 The wicked plots against the righteous And gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.
The fact is, God…in the end…will shed His light of Truth on everything, then all the agendas in this world will mean nothing…except perhaps an accusation against those that pushed that agenda.
The So What: When you read, hear or see something on TV, do you just believe it? When facts go against what you believe, how do you deal with that? Do you shut your mouth and listen to the answer to a question you asked, or do you behave the way so many in media and politics do today, continuous interruptions? If someone famous gives their opinion on problems facing this world, how much weight do you give their opinion? Why? Is a “theory” a fact?