Ecclesiastes 10:2-3 A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.
Solomon is a man who has set out on an adventure to determine the difference between wisdom and foolishness. For most of this book he talks about how many of us are on the line of making right and wrong choices, and if you slip, that’s called being stupid. A lot of us live in the chasm of trying to figure what we can get away with. This will only lead us in making foolish mistakes and in the end, lead us on a road to destruction. For the next few days I want to mention some killers of wisdom that will help us make wise choices that will keep us on the path of righteousness.
The first killer of wisdom is doubt. I’m not talking about intellectual doubt. Intellectual doubt is a good thing. It’s what keeps me from eating “100% real beef” McDonald’s burgers. Really? They’re 100% real beef? The intellectual portion of my brain doubts that seriously. Our intellectual doubts have led us to believe that the earth is not flat and that the earth is not the center of the solar system.
The doubt that will keep you from making wise choices comes when you think your way is better than God’s way. Willfully doubting that He is good and has your best interest at heart will lead you on a foolish path. So many times I think my way of handling a situation is better than God’s way. Yet this doubt will cripple me and make me in to a fool. I think about the doubts that I had when God called us to plant Refuge Point Church. Seriously, I am the least qualified person to lead a church. Thankfully, I surrendered my doubts and God has written pages to our story that only He could have wrote. Many lives have been transformed by God’s power because we didn’t allow doubt to rule us.
Doubt even keeps us from believing the best about people. Don’t believe me? If you text or call me, I may not respond accordingly. It’s not because I don’t like you. It’s simply because I’m either working, studying, on the phone, in a meeting, being a husband, being a dad, on the road, etc. I’m not trying to avoid you like the black either, which is what doubt will make you believe. The doubt in your thinking will always assume the worse about people. “See, I knew it! I had my doubts about them. Thy won’t call or text me back.” So, doubt also keeps us from being in deep meaningful relationships.
In the end, you need to place your trust in God and know that he is good and will never leave or forsake you. Knowing this will keep you on the path of wisdom and away from the folly of doubt.
“For unbelief is so deeply rooted in our hearts, and we are so inclined to it, that not without hard struggle is each one able to persuade himself of what all confess with the mouth: namely, that God is faithful.” – John Calvin