Proverbs 15:14 (NLT)
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
This proverb addresses two people. First there is the knowledgeable, intelligent person who seeks to further themselves with knowledge. Such a person would be one to grow in grace as they gain a greater understanding of Christ. The second person is one who desires sensual pleasures. They fill themselves with worldly delights. Their carnal mind feasts with an appetite of gratification.
Jeff Foxworthy, a successful comedian, has made a living with his catchy phrase, “you might be a redneck if _____?” Of course the term redneck is usually a disparaging word to describe a white member of the Southern rural labor class. The term is used often to make fun of their lower class standards and lack of understanding. Following Jeff Foxworthy’s humor, he might say something like “you might be a redneck if you understand the following medical terms:”
Barium - what you do with dead people
Benign - what you wanted when you were eight
Carpal - a group that drove together to school
Cauterize - what a guy does before he winks at a girl
Chiropractor - an Egyptian doctor
Dilate - to die late in life, live long
Elixir - what a dog does to his master when it is given a treat
While these phrases are meant to be cute and funny, it does show people understand there are those who lack wisdom in this world. Although these jokes are directed towards one group of people there are many people in this world who lack understanding and wisdom. They have grown complacent. They express apathy at the events of the world. They blindly watch television and are lead by the comments of those who themselves do not have God’s wisdom. Remember that Solomon said, “Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Spend time seeking the wisdom of God. Pray that He would grant you understanding. Ask that you might grown in knowledge and spend time doing so. Take hold of wisdom and be hungry for the knowledge it provides.