Proverbs 18:2 Dissected & Defined
A fool (one who knows right, but chooses wrong) hath no delight (extreme pleasure) in understanding (information applied), but that his heart (meditations) may discover itself (be exposed).
We would be remiss to consider a fool to be someone who is ignorant of the truth. Quite contrary. A fool is one who knows right but chooses wrong. It is he who knows the Truth, but is less inclined to follow that Truth!
Our verse for this morning indicates that a fool enjoys gaining information (that is knowledge), but is less concerned with actually applying that knowledge (that is understanding).
Fools Can Be Smart
Some of you are not going to like this next phrase: We can conclude that fools are learners! Smart people can be fools, too.
Solomon tells us that these types of fools enjoy every opportunity to share their thoughts for the benefits of others. But they will not necessarily follow the truths they espouse. This makes them foolish learners.
Oh, they may pretend to have an understanding. But they have no true delight in it; it is only to please his pupils or save his credit, lest he is called a hypocrite.
The Fool Does Not Walk: The Fool Talks
This fool does not love his Bible. The fool loves to share his Bible. He does not love his prayers. The fool loves to share a prayer. He does not walk with God but longs to tell us how to walk with God. Instead, he revels in information but avoids his own personal relation.
When this person faces adversity, he will not follow his teachings. Rather, he wallows in private self-pity. He will cease work and endure his difficulties like one trying to be protected from a tempestuous storm.
However, at the conclusion of the circumstance, he will rise up to “share with anyone who will listen” the lessons of his hardships. They are taught but never learned. He enjoys life’s adversity only that he may make a show of it for his benefit. Why? Because he loves to hear himself talk.