Words to Live By
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (Proverbs 3)
Being faithful and loving to God and those whom God has put in our lives is key to having favor with God and being a wise person. (v3) On the other hand, (v7) being wise in our own eyes and clinging to a 'knowledge' of that which God has given us no right to... makes us like fools.
I was pondering this passage today and couldn't help but think of the many fights people engage in over questions which are unanswerable. Doggedly fighting over such things that the Bible never makes clear lends itself to foolish behavior. Proverbs is a great book for those who want to avoid being a fool.