“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.”
I am not the best example of physical fitness. My body may be the temple of the Holy Ghost, but it needs a little renovation and a serious yard sale. Too much “stuff” has accumulated along the outer areas of the temple grounds. Can you say XXL?
One of the reasons I am not in the best shape is my desire for certain kinds of foods – the kinds with flavor. It’s not that I eat a whole lot, but the types of food I do eat might be considered unhealthy.
However, now that I’ve witnessed my little girls turn into young ladies, healthier foods are becoming more important to me. I want to be around for their weddings; to see my grandchildren; and to play all those games only a grandfather can play. Only a fool would continue to eat bad things, never considering the future.
In this proverb Solomon contrasts a man that has a desire for knowledge with a man who wants to keep shoveling in foolishness. It reminds me of the difference between someone who understands the need for healthy foods and the one who devours pizza, cup cakes, and sugary drinks every day. One understands what is needful, the other only cares about pleasure.
A man of understanding knows what he needs – knowledge and wisdom. A foolish man feeds on what continues to make him a fool.
A wise man will seek those things which will make him wiser. A fool will satisfy his appetite with worthless information and stimulation.
A wise man will read and study. A fool will watch movies and play video games.
What are you feeding on?