MONDAY, JULY 1
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 ESV
OPTIMAL FRIENDS EMBRACE WISDOM
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. (Author Unknown)
This week we are looking at what the book of Proverbs has to say about having optimal friends in our life. Proverbs 1:7 teaches that “fools despise wisdom.” The word despise means to see something as worthless or without value. So a fool is not just someone who ignores God’s truth but devalues God’s truth. Proverbs encourages us to surround ourselves with people who will help us claim the value of God’s wisdom.
People openly criticizing Christian values is nothing new. They’ve been mocking Jesus and His followers since Jesus was walking on earth. However, we are not required to allow those people to give us advice for our own lives. Vance Havner, a pastor from years ago, said, “If you lack knowledge, go to school. If you lack wisdom, get on your knees!” I would add to that, “If you lack wise friends, get on your knees.” Everybody has an opinion on life but not everybody has wisdom. Who are some of the wisest friends in your life? They are a gift from God. Let them know that you thank God for them. Do you have close friends in your life who mock God’s wisdom? Ask God if He wants you to limit the input they have on your decision making process.