Scripture Reading: Proverbs 15:7, 12, 14
“The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.” (Proverbs 15:7)
There is a blessing in sharing. The wise man who shares his wisdom and knowledge with others will be rewarded in the same way as a rich man who has shared his wealth.
Don’t keep your treasures to yourself. Share your gifts and talents with the world. Many have been given great gifts to write, but they are either too lazy or too occupied in doing other things which they prefer to do!
If God has revealed something to you that you feel you can share, do it! Don’t be afraid of being laughed at! Even if you only help one person, it is worth it.
Don’t be intimidated by the foolish person who is always talking, but never saying anything that is worth listening to.
“A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.” (Proverbs 15:12)
The person who scorns wisdom and truth will never obtain it.
There is no one more difficult to teach than the person who mocks you and ridicules what you are saying. They think they are clever, but they are not — they are only deceiving themselves.
The Hebrew word for “scorner” is luwts (3887). It comes from a root word which means “to make a face by twisting the mouth in a mocking way.” It is often used in the Proverbs to describe a scoffer, a mocker, a scorner, etc.
It describes the kind of person we call a “know-it-all.” He does not have many friends — if any — because he thinks himself smarter than anyone else. As far as he is concerned, others are “beneath him intellectually.” They esteem themselves to be wiser than the wise, so they will not accept correction, nor instruction, unless it comes out of a book. Then they may accept some advice.
“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:14)
The heart is the source of all good and all evil. Whatever is in the heart influences the life of the whole person.
In Hebrew the word “heart” is leb (3820). It means, “feelings, the will, the intellect, the centre of anything.” Zodiates says “it is the totality of man’s inner or immaterial nature. It is the seat of the will.”
What is the condition of your heart, beloved? Does your heart seek knowledge? Do you seek for it in the right places? Do you seek for godly, precious, eternal, incorruptible, holy knowledge? Or is your heart hardened against the leading and the voice of God? If you listen to God you will hear Him talking to your heart. But if you refuse to obey Him you will harden your heart and you will listen to the advice of fools who will lead you even further astray from the Lord.
Perhaps you are not like that, but some of those whom you love are. Pray much for them and try to influence them for good.
Gems of Wisdom by Gwen Shaw
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