In our Wednesday connection class at Church, we are teaching the Desiring God curriculum called The Way Of The Wise. Their definitions for wisdom and foolishness are:
- Wisdom is loving what is good and right, and acting upon it.
- Foolishness is loving what is bad and wrong, and acting upon it.
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants [or a chain] for your neck.” -Proverbs 1:8–9
For the female, being clothed in wisdom is like wearing a beautiful and costly necklace. For the male, it is like being clothed in a strong rope chain. Daniel was clothed in a gold chain by King Belshazzar to show the wisdom he had.
“Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.” -Daniel 5:29
Being clothed in foolishness, on the other hand, is like taking a heavy chain and draping it around your neck. This chain does not show forth beauty or strength, but rather bondage and slavery. Last night in class, I brought a 10 year old boy to the front of the class and draped a 25 pound log chain around his shoulders. I asked him if he thought the chain would help him to live and move about freely in this world, or if would hinder him. He was truthful and said it would hinder him.
Foolishness is a kind of slavery. When we accept not the wisdom of God, we are enslaved to the opinions and approvals of man. When we forsake the foolish path for the wise one, we are enslaved to a different sort of Master. Being a slave of Christ is the freest we shall ever be this side of eternity.
in him [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. -Colossians 2:3