There are no shortage of ‘opinions’ today.
People seem to grow more ‘opinionated’ every day…and show it–with gusto!
Social Media has ushered in a ‘coarsening’ of those opinions (in my opinion). 🙂
Having an ‘opinion’ is not necessarily good…nor is it necessarily bad!
One thing we can all agree on, however, is that ‘just because I think it, doesn’t mean it’s right–or certainly smart, wise, or ‘right’.
There are many people who are ‘spouting off’ their opinions–from the most powerful to those with a very small circle of influence.
Influence, however, does not make one ‘wise’. Because you may have ‘Followers’, that doesn’t mean that you have ‘wisdom’.
How can I know?
The Scriptures provide the answer. The book of Proverbs, by itself, is a great guide.
Even one chapter–Proverbs 18–provides much to learn from.
“A fool find no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinion.” (verse 2)
“He who answers before listening–that is his folly and his shame.”(v. 13)
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” (v.15)
Other chapters of Proverbs speak to this too:
“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” (15:2)
“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” (15:14)
The point is that simply ‘going off’ and ‘venting’ is not ‘Wisdom’. Any ‘fool’ can do that. Any fool can “feed on trash”…and we all know that there’s LOTS of ‘trash’ to choose from!
So, how can I know? How do I know true ‘wisdom’? How do I know if I have it, or if those I listen to have it?
Again, the Scriptures provide the answer.
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”–Proverbs 1:7
If you are trying to be ‘smart’ or ‘wise’, but do not fear (revere, worship, stand in awe) of God, you may be many things. You may be learned, you may be experienced, you may be well-schooled, but you are not “wise”.
True ‘Wisdom’ must…simply must…come from God, who is the only truly ‘Wise’ One there is!
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:13-18)
Don’t settle for the ‘wisdom’ of this world–that is a dead-end street.
Instead, go to the Lord for true Wisdom.
He will guide you, keep you on track, and help you know who’s ‘opinions’ are worth listening to…and who’s aren’t!