Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Dissect & Define
Forsake means to abandon and reject. Foolish is one who knows right but chooses wrong. Understanding is knowledge applied.
May I remind you that the applied knowledge that makes up our definition of understanding is not referring to simply information, but it is also referring to a personal relation.
Forsake The Foolish And Live…Simple Advice Right?
This verse is telling us that we should abandon and reject those who know right and choose wrong. That is simple enough advice and probably followed by most.
However, the antithesis of following the fool is to follow in the way of understanding. I teach understanding to mean that you not only have an intimate relationship with Christ but that you apply His promptings in the moment by moment decisions of life.
Thus we can conclude that a fool is someone who knows the value of an intimate personal relationship with Christ but chooses to walk another way — doing good in his own power.
I’m Not Talking About Evil People
Now, lest you think I am speaking of an evil living person, please understand (no pun intended). The fool in this verse is someone who knows that the key to living life is to submit to the inner promptings of the Spirit during times of decision and adversity. Yet, this takes intimacy with the Lord. This takes intuition, but intuition is hindered by failed worship. Worship fails when sin remains unconfessed. Sin remains unconfessed when we engage in what is wrong when we know what is right. Yet, we become the fool by choosing to remain on this path. Unconfessed sin weakens worship. This stunts our Holy Spirit intuition and we begin to live the life of the fool, void of understanding.
Are You A Good Christian or Just A Good Christian Person?
I know many good Christian people that are not good Christians. They are foolish Christians. They know the value of a personal relation, but they put it on the back burner most mornings. People just don’t seem to “understand.” It’s so… shall we say, foolish?