Book: Proverbs 15
“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”
There is a saying, “Garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO). This phrase comes from imputing the wrong information into a computer with the result being the wrong information comes out. What we feed our mind will directly influence our thinking.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in 1826, “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es,” or, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” This statement is the forerunner of the popular health food phrase, “You are what you eat”.
Just as the food we put into our bodies greatly impacts our physical health so does the content we put into our minds impact our thinking. Our thinking dictates our actions. We know that we are responsible for our actions, but do we understand that even before we act we are responsible for what we allow into our thinking?
The Queen of Sheba traveled a great distance because she had heard of the wisdom King Solomon spoke. She wanted to feed herself with such wisdom as she knew it would help her. In contrast, Jesus refers to her when He was speaking to some religious leaders, “The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here — but you refuse to listen.” (Matthew 12:42). These leaders refused good spiritual food and instead were looking for entertainment (miracles) and legalism (man’s wisdom).
Here are a few biblical characters you may want to read about and see how they sought after true knowledge: 1) Mary (Luke 10:38-42), 2) Nicodemus (John 3:1-20), Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-41), 4) The Bereans (Acts 17:10-15).
As you feed on God’s Word today may you be able to say as the writer of Psalm 119:103 “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.”