A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. (Proverbs 18:2)
A fool is not someone given to soul searching. When a fool turns to his heart, it isn’t so he can consider his ways. A fool turns to his heart so that it can discover itself in some new mischief or debacle. It is always looking for the next big thing, the latest high, the biggest thrill. A fool’s focus is on the now.
God tells the believer: “consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5,7), “ponder the path of thy feet” (Proverbs 4:26). The obedient believer replies: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). Why does the believer ask God to examine him? Because the child of God knows his heart to be deceitful and only God can give him an objective measure of what is in his heart.
Does it mean a Christian cannot engage in adventure and cannot have fun? Of course not, but a believer has different motives for seeking adventure. The fool seeks it to escape his responsibility to God and to silence his nagging conscience. A believer seeks adventure not to run away from God, but draw closer to Him. Adventure for the Christian can be an act of worship!
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