“The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Proverbs 15:2
Knowledge of the truths of Scripture is an irreplaceable part of the life of a Christian. I fear that many of us do not take the thoughtful study of the Bible as seriously as we should. Some Christians seem to place the responsibility of knowing what the Scriptures say upon pastors or other Christian workers and do not take it upon themselves to know their Bible. Remember that Rome held many people bound in slavish ignorance for centuries because the “knowledge” of Scripture was limited to the clergy. The Lord does not tell us to have blind faith in pastors, priests, or anyone else. Quite to the contrary, a divine stamp of approval is recorded in the seventeenth chapter of the book of Acts upon the Berean Christians who searched the Scriptures daily so as to see whether the things which Paul and Silas preached and taught were true. Mark it well: any leader (religious or otherwise) who forbids the scrutiny of his words and actions is a dictator at best and a deceiver at the worst. The old adage that knowledge is power is a valid observation. Know the Scriptures. In them are the words of life, of peace, of salvation, of rebuke, of hope, and of promise.
Bible knowledge is profitable in every aspect of life. However, God tells us in the text for this blog that knowledge does not make one wise. The wise man is one who uses the knowledge of God’s Word rightly. He applies it to his own life as well as judging the actions of others by it. I have found that it is far to easy for all of us to condemn the sins we see in others and far too difficult to confess and deal with the same sins present in our own lives. We despise the thief who pilfers through the homes of the unsuspecting while we put in less than a day’s work and receive a full day’s wage on payday. We are appalled by the negligence of others to pull their own weight on the job or in society and we drop a dollar bill into the offering plate and expect God’s house to be lighted and cooled or heated to our comfort for services. We are indignant at those discovered in adultery and yet we allow the devil to spew forth his filth into our homes through a computer screen or television for our viewing pleasure. We withhold mercy and forgiveness from those who have sinned against our own personal tastes and yet expect the mercy of God when we confess. You see, using knowledge aright entails placing our lives alongside the truth of God’s Word and dealing with our own personal inconsistencies. May the Lord help us.
Furthermore, Proverbs 15:2 tells us that the wise man is marked by his tongue using this knowledge aright. That tongue should be used to convey God’s truth to others. Christians have been saved by God’s grace through the powerful message of the Gospel that was proclaimed to them by a messenger. Christian man, does your tongue convey the knowledge of Christ and His love for sinners to others? Proverbs 11:30 tells us that “he that winneth souls is wise.” We are wise to use our tongues to share with others the winning message of God’s grace that has been extended to us. Knowledge has been given. Use it wisely.
The Tongue of the Wise Useth Knowledge Aright