The Intelligent Fool

Your IQ does not measure your wisdom, just your intelligence.

Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning. (Proverbs 8:8b-9)

How many intelligent men (or women) are so proud that they can’t be reproved; that they can’t be instructed; that they can’t be taught?

That proverb goes on to say, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

It’s too easy to talk about the fear of the Lord without understanding what it is. A person who fears the Lord wants to know his will. A person who fears the Lord does not trust his own knowledge.

No matter how intelligent you may be, no matter how high your IQ, God judges wisdom by your response to criticism. Your response to criticism reveals your regard for the will of God. If you return insults for reproof or dishonor for correction, then God considers you a wicked scoffer, not a wise man (Prov. 9:7-8).

Note the words that God considers synonyms:

Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

“Wise” and “righteous”; they are synonyms in the eyes of God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9:10)

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One Response to The Intelligent Fool

  1. Evan says:

    Seminaries teach for knowledge. Seminary grads who then pastor churches teach for knowledge. We thirst after knowledge instead of thirsting after righteousness/obedience as if knowing about God is the equivalent of knowing God. Both our doctrine and our walk with the Lord are requisite (1 Tim 4:16) but we have emphasized the former (most churches have even gotten that wrong!) while neglecting the latter. Woe is us.

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