God’s Creative Genius – Proverbs 3:19

Proverbs 3:19 “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”

Let’s take a look at a few Hebrew word meanings to gain a better appreciation of this verse.

LORD (H3068) – The self-Existent one, Eternal, Jehovah.  “I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14)

Wisdom (H2451) – wit, wisely, skillful

Founded (H3245) -lay, ordain

Earth (H2504) – world, planet earth

Understanding (H8394) – discretion, reason, skillfulness, wisdom, thus mental prowess.

Established (H3559) – Erect, direct, fashion, prepared, make provision.

Heavens (H8064) – the sky, where the clouds revolve, and the higher heavens where the celestial bodies revolve, space.

A good paraphrase of the passage then is this,”The Self-Existent One by his skillfulness has settled the earth, and by His infinite mental prowess has erected the sky and space.”

To understand this with our frail human minds is beyond our comprehension.  God made all this by the word of His power.  Amazing!  He spoke and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast.   “Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:8-9).

God directs the planets, stars, and galaxies in their courses through the space He created.  God is the one who has fashioned the heavens.  A big bang could never create order.  I have yet to see a massive explosion create new complex life, as claimed by evolutionists who are willfully ignorant of God, their Creator.  God calls those who deny Him being the Creator and instead put the creation of the universe into the hands of random chance and millions of years, scoffers who walk after their own lusts (2 Peter 3:3-7).  Lusts are desires for that which is forbidden by God’s law.  God’s law is written on the heart of every human.  The evidence of the presence of God’s law is our conscience (Romans 2:14-15).  However, our conscience can be seared and twisted if ignored and violated (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

God created the universe in six literal days by the power of His Word, and He keeps it all going by the laws of nature He established (Exodus 20:11, 2 Peter 3:5, Colossians 3:16-17).  While no sane person would ever credit the creation of the a finely tuned sports car to an explosion in a factory and chance, yet these same sane people will credit the formation of life and the universe which is infinitely more complex to an explosion, which is totally insane.  They will give a credit to the designer and engineer of a car, but will not give credit to their Creator.  What an insult and lie of Satan the fable/theory of Evolution is.  There is not a thread of evidence supporting it.    There is no logic to their reason, all it is, is an attempt to get rid of God to whom they will give an account for their actions in the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36)  In fact, here is  a couple of quotes from evolutionists debunking their own theory:

“One must conclude that, contrary to the established and current wisdom, a scenario describing the genesis of life on earth by chance and natural causes which can be accepted on the basis of fact and not faith has not been written.” (Dr. Hubert P. Yockey)  From <http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1435562/posts>

“Evolution [is] a theory universally accepted not because it can be proven by logically coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative, special creation, is clearly incredible.” Professor D.M.S. Watson, leading biologist and science writer of his day.)  From <http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1435562/posts>

One day, however, these guys too will bow the knee to Christ and confess with their tongue that their Creator Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11)

Praise God for His infinite and marvelous wisdom. Consider the size of space and wonder at our great God from the following examples from Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible:

  1. Paper stack model

Let us say the thickness of a sheet of paper represents the distance from the earth to the sun which is approximately 93 million miles.

To represent the distance to the earth’s next nearest star, Alpha Centauri, we would need a 71 foot high stack of paper.

To cover the diameter of our Milky Way galaxy would require a 310 mile high stack.

To reach the edge of the known universe would demand a pile of paper sheets 31 million miles high.

2.  Orange and grain of sand model

In this illustration the sun will be represented by an orange and the earth by a grain of sand.

The grain of sand is the earth circling the orange representing the sun at a distance of 30 feet.  Thus this thirty feet represents a distance of 93 million miles!

Pluto one of the remotest objects in our solar system (Pluto is not officially a planet anymore) would be another grain of sand, circling the orange at ten city blocks away.

The nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would be 1,300 miles away from the orange (sun), in this model!

As Christians, we serve an awesome God! He wants to share with us the genius of His wisdom through His Word and a personal relationship with Him. In Proverbs 3:21, God said through Solomon, “My son, let them not depart from thine eyes, keep sound wisdom and discretion.” Why would God say that? Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13) God wants the best for us and wants us satisfied. Wow! Let’s not be so slow of heart to believe it, but let’s wholeheartedly embrace this truth! Delight in the Lord and in His wisdom. If you lack wisdom, ask for it (James 1:5-6). We all need it, and we find it in our genius Creator (Romans 11:33).  Now who wouldn’t want the help of a genius?  May we all find our help in the Lord (Psalm 121:2).

Our Leaders Are God Ordained – Proverbs 8:16

Proverbs 8:16 "By me (Wisdom) princes (Government officials) rule, and nobles (willing hearted, prince), even all the judges of the earth."

By God’s wisdom, government officials are placed into power, and if they are wise, they exercise their power according to God’s wisdom. It does not matter if our rulers are Godly or wicked God has placed them there in His infinite wisdom for a purpose (Psalm 75:6-7; Daniel 4:17, 25, 32). We can rest in the fact that God knows what He is doing. While we may not agree with the positions our leaders take, we need faithfully come before the throne of grace on their behalf (Hebrews 4:14-16). We need to be constantly intercedering for them. In 2 Timothy 2:1-2 we are exhorted, "…That, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

Who knows, maybe the rulers we have are a reflection of how often we pray for our rulers. Hopefully it is not. Personally, praying for my rulers is something I really need to get serious about doing on a daily basis. The questions that comes to mind when I see we are to pray for all those in authority over us are,

  1. "Do I even know all the government leaders over me?
  2. Do I know my city, county, state, and federal leaders?
  3. Have I sought to find info about them, so I would know how to pray for them?
  1. Have I ever contacted any of my leaders, to let them know that I appreciate their service and/or that I am praying for them?

Let’s not forget that God has given us leaders according to his infinite wisdom. So next time we feel like complaining about our leaders, let’s not grumble and complain, but humble ourselves and pray for them. A good question to ask ourselves is, "Do I spend more time complaining about my leaders or praying for them?"

The Priceless Wisdom – Proverbs 3:15

Proverbs 3:15 "She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her."

She = wisdom = fear of the Lord = hatred of evil, pride, arrogance, and the evil way (Prov. 9:10, 8:13). How often do we unknowingly consider our own selfish, fleshly way better than wisdom’s way. We do not hate evil and do what we feel like rather than yielding ourselves to the Spirit’s control. In Proverbs 23:4 God tells us, "Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom." We often do not even compare wisdom with our own wisdom we adjust assume our way is best.

We need to ask ourselves, "Have I stopped going after my own wisdom?" This is a continual choice we make every day to please God or to please self. "What message do my actions portray? Do they portray that I think God is holding back something from me if I walk in obedience to Him? Do I consider God a kill joy that when I follow him I am missing out on the fun stuff?

Do I have this life-transforming heart attitude towards God’s wisdom requires a proper view of God. When we see God as someone with a big stick waiting for us to mess up so he can paddle us, as a God that we need to do penance to after we mess up to get back in His good graces, or as a God that will make our life a bed of roses for obedience to Him, we will have an incorrect heart attitude towards God and His wisdom. Why? Because these are all ideas that are misrepresentations of God. However, when we understand that God sees us as complete in Jesus Christ, that He loves us, and that He has given us His Word so we can live satisfied and abundant lives to the praise of His glory we will have the a proper attitude towards God’s wisdom (Colossians 2:10, 1 John 4:19, Psalm 16:11, Ephesians 1:10-12). His wisdom will be precious to us rather than our own.

The Father’s Love for the Fatherless – Proverbs 23:10b-11

Proverbs 23:10b-11 "…enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee."

Looking at God’s first and last mention of the fatherless in the Old and New Testament is interesting. When God tells us something, the law of first and last mention is really important. The first reference in the Old Testament to the fatherless God commanded the Israelites not to oppress them (Exodus 22:22) The last we hear from God in the Old Testament about the fatherless is that God will execute judgment for them in Malachi 3:5. If man shirks his responsibility to execute judgment for the fatherless and widows, God will do it, and those who did not do it will pay. Then the very last mention of the fatherless and widows in the Bible is in James 1:27. In this passage, God addresses more than the outward action but the heart attitude. He says those that are truly religious will have His love and care for the fatherless and widows. They will visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and keep themselves unspotted from the world, thus indicating a pure heart.

Proverbs 23:10-11 is a warning for those who would seek to take advantage of the fatherless. God is the Father of the fatherless, He takes a special interest in carrying out justice for them, and He commands rulers to carry out justice for the fatherless (Duet. 10:17-18, Psalm 10:14, 17-18; 68:5; 82:3, 146:9, Jer. 22:3). Those who oppress the fatherless face God’s wrath. In Scripture, failure to rightly defend the fatherless and widow is a sign of a nation’s and/or individual’s moral decay. We can learn more about the attitude of our Heavenly Father towards the fatherless that we ought to have from the verses below.

  1. God loves the fatherless and widows (Duet. 10:17-18)
  2. God will execute judgment for the fatherless and widows (Duet. 10:17-18)
  1. God blesses those who help the fatherless (Deut. 14:28-29)
  1. God puts a curse upon those that pervert the judgment of the fatherless (Duet. 27:19)
  1. God is the helper of the fatherless (Psalm 10:14)
  2. God is the father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5)
  3. God relieves the fatherless (Psalm 146:9)

God wants us to have His heart attitude towards those without a dad. As Christians, and Christian men especially, we ought to be willing to invest our time and energy into helping disciple young boys without fathers. They need a Godly father figure in their lives and people that are genuinely interested in their spiritual and physical well-being. We are living in a time where God’s ordained structure of the family is under severe attack. That is the God ordained institution of marriage. Marriage is a life time commitment between one man and one woman. The father must actively be the spiritual leader in his family.

We are living in a depraved society where broken families are more common than unbroken families. There is urgent need for men to be spiritual leaders and not to fall prey to this world’s enticements. We have seen God’s love for the fatherless. Do we have that same fervor? Do we visit the fatherless and widows? If this is what true religion is all about, can we genuinely say my religion is true, because we are caring for them and living holy lives for the Lord? We need to be about our Father’s business. We need have great care and love for others and share our Father’s love with them. In what tangible ways does your love for God drive your love for the fatherless and widows? The opportunities are all around us? What are we doing with those opportunities to impact these people for Christ? The task may seem overwhelming, but remember, we serve the Almighty Redeemer.

Giving in Secret – Proverbs 21:14

Proverbs 21:14 "A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath."

Gift (H4976) – to give, reward. This Hebrew word is used only five times in the Bible, and can refer to a gift to another or a bribe ((Genesis 34:12, Num. 18:11, Prov. 18:16, 19:6)

Reward (H7810) – bribe, gift, present. This Hebrew word is always used in a bad light, for bribery.

Secret (H5643) – hiding place, covering, covert, secret place.

What is bribery? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a "bribe" as a: "A price, reward, gift or favor bestowed or promised with a view to pervert the judgment, or corrupt the conduct of a judge, witness or other person. A bribe is a consideration given or promised to a person, to induce him to decide a cause, give testimony, or perform some act contrary to what he knows to be truth, justice or rectitude. It is not used in a good sense, unless in familiar language. In familiar language, it is sometimes used in a good sense; as, to bribe a child to take a medicine."

God is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).

Gifts are powerful. They are a neutral element, but can be used for good or evil. The Hebrew words in this passage for reward and gift can both be translated as "bribe." A bribe is used to appease another’s anger or prohibit justice from being carried out. Bribery is always wrong (Deut. 10:17, 16:19). God hates bribery, and never accepts it. You can never bribe God to give you favor by doing what is right. We cannot earn God’s grace or favor. God loves us the same on our worst as much as He does on our best day. He is unchanging, but that does not mean because of His unchanging love for us that He also is not just. Choices have consequences. Our giving ought to be done without any strings attached.

An example of a gift in secret not being a bribe is when Abigail gave David and his men a gift to save her husband’s life. She gave it without her husband, Nabal, knowing about it. This gift with a heartfelt apology saved her husband’s and servant’s lives that day. This gift also kept David and his men from sinning by seeking revenge. Abigail wisely appeased David’s wrath (1 Samuel 25)

A gift in secret over a gift given openly has greater power and reward. Consider what Jesus said regarding how we should give to Him, "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:3-4). In this passage, the goal is not to be rewarded openly, but to give to the Lord from our heart secretly, not openly for the praise of men. God wants all our giving, fasting, and prayer to Him to be done in secret (Mat 6:1-18). Our motive in giving, prayer, and fasting ought to be love for the Lord. He must be our God.

I like what Matthew Henry says about this verse, "If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them?" It ought not to be, especially in the life of a believer who has put their faith in Christ alone to save them.

In application, let’s ask ourselves several questions. "Do I give gifts to those in authority over me in order to manipulate the carrying out of justice or to wrongly further my own desires? What amount of money or gift would have to be given to me to pervert justice? Does God or something else have a greater sway on what I do? Do I hate bribery as God hates it? Is my giving done in secret to the Lord?" Have I purposed not to give or accept bribes?

The Unsatisfied – Proverbs 30:16

Proverbs 30:16" The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough."

These are the three things that are never satisfied and of which four say it is not enough. This verse illustrates the urge in mankind for satisfaction. Henry Ironside quotes Augustine of Hippo in his commentary on this verse, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts will never be at rest, until they rest in Thee." Because of the fall of man into sin we have an urge to be satisfied with the wrong things that we think will satisfy when we were designed to be satisfied with a relationship with our Creator. This world can never satisfy. Only Christ can satisfy the longings of our heart.

The word "grave" comes from the Hebrew word "Sheol" which is also translated as "hell." It refers to the world of the dead. Hell is a real place that will eventually be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:14). From Scripture we learn that there were two regions of hell, paradise and hell with a great gulf between the two (Luke 16:19-26). When Jesus died on the cross he descended down to hell and led captivity captive (Eph. 4:8-10). He took the paradise portion of hell of the OT saints and led captivity captive. He took those in paradise and took them to heaven to be with Him. Interestingly, Solomon notes that, hell and destruction are never full, they are like the eyes of man that are never satisfied (Prov. 27:20).

The second thing that is never satisfied is the barren womb. A woman, especially back in Bible times, wanted to have children. To not have children was looked upon as a disgrace. Today a woman feels incomplete if she has not had a child of her own. As a guy I do not understand this, but God’s Word says it. God has placed this desire to have children in every woman, and when it is unfulfilled there is a void. God has especially equipped women to nourish and care for children. This idea goes hand in hand, with being a keeper of the home which is high priority item on God’s agenda for a wife (Titus 2:5). My Mom quit her job as a nurse to take care of me and rest of my six siblings and homeschooled all of us till we all graduated from high school. She said she never regretted quitting her job and found great fulfillment in being a keeper at home.

The third thing that is never satisfied is the earth’s thirst for water. Maybe the only time it may have been somewhat satisfied is during Noah’s flood, but even then it drank it up and the dry land appeared again (Genesis 7-8). Praise God, we will never have a worldwide flood again because of God’s covenant with us in Genesis 9:8-17.

And finally, the fourth thing that is never satisfied is the fire. The fire will keep burning as long as it is given the fuel to burn.

These four things, the grave, the barren womb, the earth, and the fire, illustrate the insatiable desires of our own hearts that cannot be satisfied with the finite. We can only be satisfied with the Infinite, God Himself. It is only when we, the finite, quit seeking to fulfill ourselves with the finite and look to the infinite God instead, that we will be satisfied. Are you satisfied? If not, with what are you trying to satisfy yourself that only God can satisfy? Seeking satisfaction outside of God is idolatry. Allow Him to be your joy, your peace, your love, your comfort, your satisfaction. God created us for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11). We will only find satisfaction as we fulfill the purpose for which God designed us, that is, to live for Christ.

Mad Man Redefined – Proverbs 26:18-19

Proverbs 26:18-19 "As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?"

Mad (H3856) – without self-control; controlled by anger, a person who does not act rationally, insane, rabid.

Neighbor (H7453) – a near or close associate, friend, husband, brother, another. – Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary

The person who thinks its just a joke to deceive or betray his neighbor is like the insanely wicked man who throws fire brands onto his neighbor’s house and land, that shoots arrows at him, and uses instruments of death against his neighbor. What a powerful statement. Telling lies or hurling out information that is defamatory to one’s character is a serious offense. It can burn, wound, and kill. In other words, the person that defames another’s character might as well have burned, wounded, or killed him.

While we might say, I would never do that. If we make light of speaking evil of another’s character through gossip and slander we are just as bad as the wicked mad man. We say, "Oh I was just kidding, it is no big deal. Man, that’s life; get used to it." Never under estimate the power of your words. Just as evil words have the power to destroy, think of what even greater power the Words of Life have. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21) I pray that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart would be acceptable in the sight of the Lord, our strength, and our Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). Let’s be people who speak the Truth in love, and that seek to exhort and encourage one another (Eph. 4:15; Heb. 3:13, 10:24).

What has God taught you today, and with whom will you share it? Do you value other people’s reputation? Have you been like the man who betrays his neighbor through gossip and slander and thinks its no big deal ? Our speech ought go through three doors before it exits our mouth.

  1. Door #1: "Is it true?"
  2. Door #2: "Is it necessary?"
  3. Door #3: "Does it edify another?"

If our speech can’t make it through all three doors, we should not say what we were going to say. Do not be like the mad man. If you have been like the mad man, don’t cover it up but confess it to God and those you have offended, and God will give you mercy (Prov. 28:13, 1 John 1:9).

Child Rearing God’s Way – Proverbs 19:18

Proverbs 19:18 "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."

In a nutshell, this verse says, "Punish your child in love while they are young., be consistent." The Hebrew word for "chasten" literally means to chasten with blows or figuratively with words, instruct, correct. From experience growing up, I would not have cried if I was not going to get a spanking, I would have been greatly relieved. I believe both aspects of correction are present here, but the rod of correction, i.e. the spanking spoon, seems to be the more prominent aspect of chastening in this verse. I am very grateful that my parents were consistent in disciplining me.

At the same time, this verse condemns the parent that does not chasten their child. If the parent spares giving correction out of so called sympathy they are not doing their child any favors, but a disfavor. An alternate reading for the last half of the verse is, "…and let not thy soul spare to his destruction." While main-stream culture views it as child abuse to spank a child, it is not. (It is abuse if a parent spanks their child to vent their anger, but it is just as bad or worse to not correct them.)

Proverbs 23:13-14 says, "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell." Proverbs 22:15 says that foolishness is bound in the heart of the child but the rod of correction drives that foolishness far from him. Pastor John Yates gives some insights on the rod being discussed here in Faith Bible Institute (a three year course through the entire Bible). The rod used for discipline in this day was small enough so as to easily break long before it could physically harm the child. The exclusive use of the rod for physical discipline in Scripture teaches that discipline must be strong enough to be effective, should not be done with the hand, and should involve a small breakable instrument which can sting, but not harm (Faith Bible Institute Vol. 3). Remember this is correction done out of concern for a child’s own good. If discipline is carried out in anger it will only harden the child’s heart. Proverbs 22:8 says the rod of anger will fail, and in James 1:20 it says the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.

God chastises us, because He loves us and wants the best for us (Hebrews 12:6, Prov. 3:12). Parents should punish their children because they want God’s best for them. They are teaching through discipline. Proverbs 13:24 says, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him quickly."

Their comes a point where the discipline becomes less effective. Proverbs 22:6 gives some guidelines regarding the beneficial time for this correction. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6). Once again, Pastor John Yates gives an interesting insight on this verse. The word "old" in this passage literally means the time that the son would begin showing signs of age of growing hair on their chin! Based on this fact, a child should be set in their ways on following God before adolescence! When they reach adolescence they will not depart from God’s ways! This verse gives incredible promise of a child not having those so called rebellious years, but also places an incredible responsibility to train their children in God’s ways constantly (see Deut. 6:6-7). Thus, the foundation of a child’s way is laid before adolescence.

Have you thanked God the Father for his loving care for you and the correction it entails? How has God’s correction of you helped you to grow spiritually? Ask God to help you to have a teachable spirit so you learn from the correction you receive. Are your views on child rearing in line with God’s view or man’s philosophy (Colossians 2:8)?

Do You Have the Wellspring of Life? – Proverbs 16:22

Proverbs 16:22 "Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly."

Whenever I see the word "understanding" in a verse the Lord reminds me of Job 28:28 that has a phenomenal working definition. Understanding = to depart from evil, get away from sin.

The Hebrew word for "understanding" in Prov. 16:22 is different but similar in meaning. In Job 28:28, it means knowledge, meaning, wisdom. The Hebrew word for "understanding in this verse has the idea of intelligence, skill, prudence, and has a greater significance more than just book knowledge. By implication it can mean "success." Only through this discrete wisdom or understanding can we truly have Godly success.

What is this understanding to those who have it? A wellspring of life. Think of a wellspring as an artesian spring, it is a fountain of pure, clean, fresh, water that never stops giving. It is source of life. Thus, understanding is a foundational principal of Christian living. Godly understanding nourishes and grows the life of God within. This understanding is from God, it is given to those who keep God’s commandments, it brings praise, gives favor, and gives patience (2 Chronicles 22:12; Psalm 111:10; Prov. 12:8, 13:15, 19:11).

What would we give to have a never ending source of cash, that just keeps on giving and giving? What would we use the money for? A good car, a nice house, supporting world missions, helping the poor? Well guess what! Understanding is worth far more than a large steady stream of cash. We all know that, but often do not live like we know it. Understanding is a never ending source of life. It is joy, peace, and contentment amidst the battle we are in as soldiers of Christ.

How do we get a hold of this understanding? "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man." Proverbs 3:3-4

We must hold voraciously to the Truth and live our lives by it. We must not compromise the teaching of God’s Word and we must promulgate the Truth in love wherever God places us (Eph. 4:15).

If we lose sight of the Truth, we take that which is promoted by fools as truth who reject Jesus, the Truth (John 14:6). Taking the fool’s instruction is folly.

As a believe, are you seeking to obey the Lords commandments? If you love Him, you will (John 14:15). Have you lost sight of the Truth? Do not get discouraged if you have. Get your focus back on it and let it be your continual meditation. God will be with you to help you (Joshua 1:8-9).

What Rests in Your Heart? – Proverbs 14:33

Proverbs 14:33 "Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known."

Wisdom and understanding go hand in hand. The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Understanding is knowing then what God hates and departing from it (Job 28:28, Prov. 8:13). The fool continues in his sin and does not take sin seriously. He knows it is dangerous but does it anyway and does not consider or care what the consequences are. His actions are a display of what is in his heart, and the treasure of his heart is certainly not wisdom (Prov. 14:9).

Now lets apply it. What rests in my heart? It is interesting to note that wisdom begins in my heart just as sin begins in my heart. I have the choice to act on wrong thoughts or to be wise and take those wrong thoughts captive in obedience to Christ. As a Christian, my heart ought to exude the love of God and His hatred of sin (Rom. 12:9). Does it? Or, do I find pleasure in sin? I ultimately choose what will rest in my heart, wisdom or selfish pride. Which of these two am I giving a resting place in my heart?