Pr. 9:6: “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.”
The Word also tells us in Pr. 14:1 that, “the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Creation screams out the existence of God. Science points us to the Creator, as well. The Holy Spirit tugs at our hearts to remind us that there is One God who holds this world in His hands and who wants communion with us. Satan loves to deceive and get our eyes off the Lord, even to the point that we would deny His existence.
Romans 1:18-32 talks about how people suppress the truth and become futile in their thoughts, allowing their foolish hearts to be hardened. It says that people exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator. “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like a corruptible man.” (vs.22-23)
Doesn’t this sound just like our world? So many people profess their “wise” opinions that point away from the Lord, the Creator of all things, and are exchanging the truth of God for a lie. We don’t naturally want to be outsiders, so occasionally we go with the flow of the thoughts, opinions, or lifestyles around us.
The word of God tells us that understanding is knowledge of the Holy One, but Ro. 1:28 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting…” If we deny the Lord or His power and insist on continuing in that way, God will allow us to have what we want and we become fools who are headed toward destruction.
David said, in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me.” This sounds like what we all should do. If we want true understanding, we must know more about the Lord. Fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom, points us away from the things not fitting, as described in Romans 1:29-32; and points us straight to the Creator and to eternal life.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1Tim. 4:1-3.
Sounds like these latter times are upon us. Don’t be swept up by futile thoughts, lies, and deceiving spirits. Stand firm on the solid foundation that is Jesus Christ. Go in the way of understanding. Know the Lord and His word and have life!