“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” –Mark Twain
Fools and Folly.
The word fool is used 71 times in the book of Proverbs alone.
God uses foolish things to shame wise.
When God asks Solomon what he wants – riches, health, success, power – Solomon asks for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. He asks for wisdom.
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice. I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both wealth and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.” 1 Kings 3:10 – 13
Solomon understood the value of wisdom only God gives.
All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Let me be honest – I can be a fool.
At least I’ve acted foolishly.
Much of the Bible’s descriptions about fools involve talk.
And there’s more.
What’s worse than being a fool is being blind to it.
To guard against it, I must understand what it means to be foolish:
A Fool is Unrighteous.
A fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. Psalm 14:1
Fools Mock Sin.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Proverbs 18:2
Fools Think Truth Doesn’t Apply to Them.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proberbs 12:15
A Fool is Undisciplined.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it. Proverbs 21:20
Dr. Henry Cloud in his talk, “The Foolish, the Evil and the Wise” (U-Tube) says the main way to determine who you’re talking to is what a person does when the truth arrives.
Fools are allergic to reality and truth.
When truth is presented to a fool, they try to adjust the truth instead of themselves.
They despise feedback.
Talking only makes things worse.
When a wise person receives truthful feedback, they adjust themselves to match that truth.
Truth makes them better, not angry or defensive.
Wise people appreciate honest feedback.
Truth in love.
I am a combination of foolish and wise depending on the day and situation.
It’s not always easy to hear truth.
Sometimes it hurts.
Sometimes I can’t see and don’t want to believe it.
Part of being wise is taking what people say to the Father.
Trusting Him to help me see what I need to.
Trusting Him to help me get it, grow, change.
I can’t do it alone.
Wisdom comes from God.
It comes when I surrender me and my ideas, thoughts and opinions for His.
What His Word says is true.
I trust His ways are better than mine.
Attempt to follow the blueprint He provides.
It’s messy and imperfect.
A child tracing a masterpiece.
The Father gently corrects and instructs.
I grow and get better.
It’s fruit produced through persistence.
Trial and error.
Allowing the Father to prune dead things for new growth.
Acknowledgment His ways are better than mine.
Walking on wobbly legs.
I fail and fall.
My Father scoops me up, loves me and encourages me to try again.
Turn from evil.
Hear godly counsel and rebuke.
Watch my words – a fool’s mouth is ruin.
Lips snare the soul.
Seek first to understand.
Put on love.
Love that unifies and binds.
Covers a multitude of sins.
Humble and gentle.
Patient and kind.
Bear with others.
When I live in love, I live in God and God in me.
God’s grace gift.
Love that gives and breaks and bleeds.
Protects, trusts, hopes.
Love that perseveres and doesn’t give up.
Enemy loving, life giving love.
Nothing can separate me from it.
It’s not because I love Him but that He loves me.
Anxious, doubting me.
Get it wrong me.
His love never fails.
Worldly wisdom is folly.
A resounding gong, clanging cymbal.
Obey God, not man.
Trade my ways for His.
No longer do I live, but He lives in me.
Flesh for faith.
Test and discern.
His glory, not mine.
Rejoice in hope.