The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Health professionals encourage us to get an annual physical. And the Bible exhorts us to get regular spiritual checkups. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” (2 Corinthians 13:5) Where are you regarding the wisdom that should be exhibited by Christians?
You belong to Christ, the living Lord. Therefor you should be wise. You sit at the feet of the greatest teacher of all time. He has all knowledge and wisdom which He imparts to us freely. In fact, the Lord promises wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
Godly wisdom is attained through prayer and faith. But it cannot be realized without learning and practicing God’s word.
Wisdom enables us to make right choices and decisions, and to conduct ourselves in a manner that brings glory to God.
So let’s return to the book of wisdom known as Proverbs and learn more about what wisdom is not. And where we see our reflection in the mirror, let us endeavor to rid ourselves of foolish thinking and behavior.
- A fool thinks he’s wise when he’s not (Pro. 26:5)
The wisdom we desire flows from the throne of God. It enables us to make our choices and decisions competently with all confidence we are IN God’s will. Fools offer false wisdom without the benefit of the Lord’s counsel. Their mindset results from input and experiences garnered from an evil world.
- Fools can’t be trusted with your personal information (Pro. 26:6, 10)
Solomon puts it this way: “Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.” Don’t share the intimate details of your life with a fool. And don’t expect your message to return accurately as you gave it.
- Fools convolute and twist wisdom and truth for their benefit (Pro. 26:7,9)
This point further explains #30. You can’t trust fools with your information because they will manipulate it for their own purposes; like gossip or to gain an advantage over you or others.
- Fools are repeat offenders (Pro. 26:11)
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” And until they surrender to Christ, they will continue in their foolishness.
- Fools provoke and stir up trouble (Pro. 27:3)
Consider those who have caused the most trouble in your life. To be sure, being a fool is not a gift, but some people have a knack for causing problems. In the workplace, family gatherings, in organizations, and even in church — there are fools who regularly cause strife.
- Fools are unwilling to change (Pro. 27:22)
Mr. Rogers used to say, “I like you just the way you are.” The fool says, “I like me just the way I am.”
- Fools trust solely in themselves (Pro. 28:26)
A believer says, “I trust in the Lord. His way is right.” The fool says, “I trust in me. My way is right.”
- Fools refuse to seek peaceful resolutions to conflict (Pro. 29:9)
It should be the goal of every Christian to be a peacemaker. And when discord exists, we should be quick to forgive and desirous of harmonious relationships. But despite our greatest efforts toward reconciliation and keeping the peace, some people thrive on making matters worse.
- Fools vent their frustration with rage (Pro. 29:11)
Wherever I’ve lived: Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, or Hawaii — all have inclement weather of some kind. Storms are common, and sometimes destructive; blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.
Fools can be like storms of rage. Unbridled. Out of control. The rage of fools destroys relationships and inflicts hurt that scars for life.
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This concludes a review on the way of fools from Proverbs. Tomorrow, we’ll look at The Reward of Fools, the end result of living the life of a fool.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Make the Most of the Brevity of Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.