“A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.” Proverbs 18:2
Shortly after the discovery of America, English treasure hunters raced to the new found coastline in search of riches. Many had more zeal than knowledge and skill. They often filled their boats with what they presumed would make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Upon their return to England they would quickly be disappointed when they tried to sell what they presumed was gold. They would discover that they didn’t have gold that was greatly valuable; instead, they had a mineral called iron pyrites that was practically worthless. This mineral became known as, fool’s gold. Most of these treasure hunters invested all they had to pursue these riches, only to be left with nothing, leaving them totally devastated.
I am often confronted with people who are full of pride in their opinions. They think that they have understanding and often are arrogant enough to speak on behalf of God. Unfortunately, most of these people are totally ignorant of God’s Word. I have even seen “experts” on news broadcasts that are obviously clueless as to what the bible actually says. They think their opinion is a treasure chest full of riches not understanding that their man made opinions are fool’s gold. If they invest their lives on these opinions rather than the true treasure of God’s Word they will be left devastated.
In reality our opinions do not matter. Only the truth of God’s Word truly matters. When Jesus returns the bible tells us He will judge the nations with the sword that comes out of His mouth. (Revelation 19:15.) That sward is the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12.) God has given to us His word so we can know Him and His will for our lives. He has also given to us the Holy Spirit who not only inspired men to write the Word of God but will also teach it to us. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Not only do we need to hear the Word of God, we need to act on it; we need to turn from our ways and to God.
In this world of false teachers who profess to be wise it is extraordinarily important to study God’s Word on our own. Yes, we are to sit under God called teaching and preaching as well, and that is also important, but if we know the Word of God we will know if they are rightly dividing the word of truth and will not be left with fool’s Gold that is worthless and potentially devastating.