1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.Proverbs 18: 1, 2, 15
Again we see that knowledge, wisdom and understanding are things that can be obtained. Don’t fall into the false belief that you are either smart or you are not. Certainly some people have had more opportunities in life to get a better education than others, but acquiring knowledge, understanding and wisdom come through desire and work.
Not everyone has the same capacity for obtaining knowledge, but everyone has the ability to try harder to make use of the knowledge and understanding they already have. My point is that you don’t need to be self limiting and think that the wisdom found in Proverbs is only available to someone else. God put it in His Word for each of us.
Verse one tells us that we must have a desire for wisdom. We can obtain wisdom, but it doesn’t happen if we aren’t seeking it. Wisdom comes to those who are seeking for it.
The word translated intermeddleth means to fight with, to quarrel. Wisdom isn’t something you casually pick up along the way of life. It is something you have to strive for and maybe struggle with to obtain.
A Fool Has No Interest in Understanding
While a wise man desires to obtain understanding, verse two tells us that a fool has no desire to understand. Certainly this understanding would be applied to an understanding of God’s wisdom—His Word. But I think we see it demonstrated in many other areas too.
Have you met people who have no interest in learning new things? They have no curiosity or ability to wonder at something for the sheer joy of learning. While not everyone needs to be interested in every subject, these people seem to be interested in nothing.
When I see a Christian who seemingly takes no joy in learning anything new, I have to wonder if they are even interested in learning God’s Word and benefiting from the understanding that obedience to Him brings.
Getting and Seeking Knowledge
The prudent one (literally the understanding one) seeks for more knowledge. They aren’t satisfied with what they have. They want more understanding. They are constantly working to obtain more understanding. Understanding with the experience of application of that understanding brings wisdom.
This is not to say that a person needs to seek facts and figures for the sake of just knowing information. The goal is wisdom—an understanding of the facts that helps him apply that knowledge in life.
Not knowledge for knowledge’s sake; rather, knowledge that leads to wisdom for the sake of God’s kingdom.