Does not wisdom call,
And understanding lift up her voice? (Prov. 8:1)
Scripture (particularly in Proverbs) says that the fool is the one who chases the adulterous. The fool is the sluggard who is too lazy even to feed himself. The fool is the one who rejects correction and instruction. The fool believes himself always to be right and never to be wrong. The fool is the one who is deceitful with his lips and who winks his eye at danger, flirting with disaster. The fool courts evil, thinking it is a sport. The fool is violent and delights to inflict sorrow and grief on others. The fool is angry and hasty with his words, not giving pause to consider their consequences. The fool keeps repeating his sin, not realizing that he is like a dog repeatedly eating its own vomit.
The fool, it seems, is always with us. Examples of foolish behavior and foolish desires abound.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. No man has to be a fool — because wisdom is calling and beckoning every man to follow her (Prov. 8:1). The difference between the wise man and the fool is nothing inherent within them. The difference is that the wise man reveals he is hopeless in himself and needs the wisdom of God; the fool believes himself to be self-sufficient and thus he rejects the wise counsel and instruction of God.
The fool is a fool because he does not take advantage of the opportunity given to him.
The wise man is wise because he does take advantage of the opportunity given to him.
The declaration and opportunity and call from wisdom is the same to both the fool and the wise man; the difference is the disposition to respond. The difference is that the wise man listens and the fool speaks —
Prov. 10:8 The wise of heart will receive commands, but a babbling fool will be ruined.
Prov. 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Prov. 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless.
Here is hope, not only for Solomon’s sons, but for all men, because everyone is a fool at some time and in some circumstances. Yet God is ever calling for the fool to come to him, offering restoration and wisdom through the means of repentance.
Have you done something foolish? Are you engaged in foolish activities? Is your heart bent towards foolish desires and motives? Hear the call of God’s wisdom. He will make you wise for living.
“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
“O naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O fools, understand wisdom.
“Listen, for I will speak noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.” [Prov. 8:4-6]