From the desk of Taylor Pickup
Proverbs 15:14 says,
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
We have two kinds of people here:
1.) An understanding person whose heart seeks knowledge
2.) Foolish people who eat foolishness
This proverb acknowledges that some people crave things that are stupid. That is, they consume things that are senseless and lacking in wisdom. But what kind of foolishness is being addressed here? Like most proverbs, this one is very broad. Specifics aren’t given, so it can be applied in a variety of situations.
So what kinds of foolishness do we fuel ourselves with today? Political controversy. Endless entertainment. Our own egos. People crave these things and are feasting on them every day. It’s not that different from Eve in the garden of Eden. She wanted to feed on the fruit that would give her what she craved.
But an understanding man will search for knowledge. What kind of knowledge? Once again, the proverb isn’t specific, but true knowledge comes from the Lord. Sadly, God’s knowledge is something many people don’t crave, much less search for. I can remember periods in my life where my diet consisted of pointless distractions instead of substantial insight from God’s scriptures.
Since the proverb only presents us with two categories of people, which of the two describes you? Ensure that you are the kind of person who seeks knowledge and doesn't feast on foolishness.