Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

— James 3:13

What’s the difference between wisdom and folly? Between the wise person and the fool?

“The fool,” Proverbs tells us, “despises wisdom and instruction.” I trust there is no one reading who despises wisdom and instruction, but I daresay there are varying degrees of avidness in our quest after wisdom and instruction. There are some who will tolerate a little bit of wisdom if it is fed to them like pablum in bite-size mouthfuls. But what about those who are willing to spend hours digging and studying on their own? Ah, at this point the ranks thin out.

How much time have we spent this week searching and digging for wisdom and instruction from the Word of God? Remember who it is that despises and ignores it—the fool. Let us strive to learn more and apply more of God’s wisdom as revealed in the Scriptures.

Question to ponder:
Have you ever been foolish in a way that had major consequences?