According to these verses, what is foolishness? What is the opposite of this foolishness?
I do not usually associate being foolish with being wicked. Lacking intelligence? Maybe. Ignorant? Sure. But wicked? However, the fools David referred to in this Psalm were just that.
What makes a foolish person wicked? Verse one says a fool denies God’s existence and is corrupt. When someone denies God, they live contrary to how God tells us to live. In fact, that is often the motivation for denying God’s existence in the first place. A fool says, “I want to live however I want. I don’t want God telling me what to do.”
That isn’t just denial, it’s defiance. We should know that living in defiance to God will have severe consequences. It is the definition of foolishness to know the definite negative consequences of an action and yet proceed anyway. In this case, the consequence is judgment and everlasting torment. Only a fool would pursue that!
So what is the opposite of foolishness? Wisdom. Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, all who follow his precepts have good understanding…” Wisdom acknowledges God, gives Him the respect that He is worthy of, and seeks to follow His commands.
In Psalm 14, verse 2, the LORD is looking down from heaven for someone who understands and seeks God. The LORD is looking for someone who is wise.
Wisdom is the fear of the LORD and folly is denying Him. Are you living wisely? PrayLord, I want to live wisely. Help me to follow your commands and walk in obedience to you. Amen.
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