16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? (KJV)
16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it? (NIV)
Our world is constantly pursuing wisdom.
Just look in bookstores, on Amazon.com, and in many ads on TV and at bus stops.
There are numerous self-help books, videos, and seminars. New Age gurus push their spiritual teachings in each of these venues.
Dietitians sell their knowledge.
Parenting experts share their learning.
Pastors sell their understanding.
Financial experts sell their know-how.
Some people buy all of the expensive gear to climb the mountains of Tibet to buy a relic from Tibetan monks.
And yet we keep buying more.
Because we keep failing. We do not live up to the standards that are set. We do not see results quickly enough. We do not understand why it never works.
That is what this verse is speaking about today.
Our world wants wisdom, but we never want to take the time to understand it.
If we do seek to understand wisdom, we often take whatever is quickest, easiest, or most appealing to our wants, desires, or circumstances.
The catch is that we fail to turn to God with complete honesty.
If they can not be completely honest with God, if they admit He exists, then they do not truly wish to understand wisdom … no matter how much they are willing to pay.
What about you?
Creator God, guide us in all wisdom, and help us to understand. Help us realize that true wisdom is found in Your Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah.