Saturday, July 08, 2006
You have brains? It's not enough!
Society tells us that if you get good education, you'll be a decent person. The world will be a better place with your better education. But experience and the Bible show us something different. Over and over, we find examples of people with brains but who fall short in the area of moral judgment and good choices. The "brainiest" man who ever lived was not wise and filled with bad decisions. King Solomon, author of much of the book of Proverbs, wrote, “Keep your heart with all diligence” (4:23) and “Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding” (14:33). Despite knowing the connection between the heart and wisdom, the king disobeyed God by marrying foreign women who “turned his heart after other gods” (1 Kings 11:4). As a result, the Lord said, “I will surely tear the kingdom away from you” (v.11). Having real brains involves possessing wisdom that comes from a heart that is devoted to Him.