Fools Give Full Vent to Their Rage, The Flip Side of Godly Wisdom, Part 1
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end
The book of Proverbs is categorized as Wisdom Literature. It’s packed with plenty of advice on how to identify and practice wisdom.
But this book of wise sayings also reveals the behavior and mindset of fools. Just as we should endeavor to follow the ways of wisdom, we should strive to avoid the behavior of fools. So today and tomorrow we’ll scan Proverbs for insight into a world in which we should be non-participants.
My wife is an artist and often speaks of the benefits of dark versus light in a drawing or painting. It’s important to look at both to get the big picture.
When reading in the book of Proverbs, if you’re like me, you focus on the light of wisdom and ignore what’s been written about the behavior of fools and its consequences. So let’s flip the coin over and take a look at what’s on the other side, prayerfully considering traits we should correct.
The Behavior of Fools
- Fools despise wisdom and instruction (Pro. 1:7)
Fools aren’t interested in ideas, council, or teaching that could improve their relationships or make them more productive citizens. Like the bull in the china closet, they run carelessly and aimlessly through life wrecking relationships and making life miserable for themselves and others.
- Fools hate knowledge (Pro. 1:22)
The only knowledge acceptable to a fool is his — or hers. Fools suffer from know-it-all syndrome.
- Fools are complacent (Pro. 1:32)
Complacency is defined as a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. They’re not willing to be introspective. Like an old mule grazing on the railroad tracks, they’ll stay right where they are without considering the consequences.
- Fools talk a lot without listening (Pro. 10:8)
Fools freely impart their opinions and nonsensical babble without taking in new and helpful information. My granddaddy called such folks — blowhards.
- Fools conceal hatred with lying lips and spread slander (Pro. 10:18)
When they despise — they disguise. A fool can hate you and pretend to be your friend at the same time, especially when they want something. Once you’re out of the picture, they show themselves for what they are by spreading malicious stories about you.
- Fools lack common sense (Pro. 10:21)
Fools defy logic and refuse to heed life’s warning signs. About ten years ago, a group of young men visited Noccalulla Falls in Gadsden, Alabama. A fence protects visitors from falling into the river below the falls. But on that day, one of the fellows ignored the warning signs and scale the barrier. And so he jumped with beer can in hand and yelled the last words he would ever speak. “Watch this!”
- Fools find pleasure in wicked schemes (Pro. 10:23)
They are not bound by a moral code of ethics or religious principles. They delight in their devious plans and mock those they hurt.
- Fools are oblivious to wise counsel (Pro. 12:15)
As you have read through this list of the behavior and mindset of fools, someone close to you may have come to mind. Many of us have loved ones who can benefit from wise counsel. Sadly, they aren’t willing to listen to your advice. And when that happens, it breaks your heart. Just don’t stop praying for God to open their hearts and minds to His truth.
- Fools are easily annoyed (Pro. 12:16)
When you’re around a fool it can be like walking through a minefield. You choose your words carefully because the slightest misstep sets them off.
- Fools boast and brag (Pro. 12:23)
Fools inflate reality. Their possessions and accomplishments are the biggest and the best. They thrive on bringing attention to themselves.
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We’ll stop here for today with this final thought. All of us have foolish tendencies. Remember, Christ stands ready to forgive and help you grow in righteousness that brings honor to His great name. Confess your sin and acknowledge your willingness to change.
More tomorrow as we look at: Honor is Not Fitting for a Fool, The Flip Side of Godly Wisdom, Part 2.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Why You Need a Teachable Spirit
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.