“Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!
Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools,
or you will become as foolish as they are.
Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools,
or they will become wise in their own estimation.
Trusting a fool to convey a message
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!
A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
Honoring a fool
is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
An employer who hires a fool or a bystander
is like an archer who shoots at random.
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his foolishness.
There is more hope for fools
than for people who think they are wise“– Prov 1:1-2 NLT
I know, I know, it’s been forever since any “postings” have occurred. Ohhhh but let me tell you the experiences that are going on will bring plenty to blog about! God truly puts us into places that can and WILL bring out the best in us if we truly let Him and them develop in and through us. Just like counseling – unless you decide to hear what the other person is saying, absorb/take it in to see how to apply the $125+ advice and/or help that is being administered to you, going to counseling in and of itself means absolutely nothing. If you choose not to receive help you won’t be any better than when you started. And in a lot of cases the exact opposite can occur. I’ve seen many people go to counseling and actually come out even worse than before because they went in with the belief that everything that was said either didn’t apply to them or in their twisted perception that THEY knew better than the professional.
I heard a great saying today which was “Kids if you’re looking around the bus for the crazy person, and can’t find them, the crazy person is most likely you.” MAN isn’t that a mouthful! How many times have we, definitely myself included at times, said “man all these people are clueless!” all the while we are the ones wreaking havoc.
Scripture states that God isn’t the author of confusion, but I’ll take it one step further and state He’s not in the business of self-deception and foolishness.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that heeds unto counsel is wise.” – Prov 12:15 KJV
One of our daughters is going through the transition of applying the concepts of comprehension and context to what she reads. I explained it’s important to be able to read but even more valuable to “understand” and “comprehend” what’s being read. I went on further to add that someone can read 20 books in a row but if they didn’t truly “read” them they were only spending energy reading but not understanding nor comprehending anything. Now she’s only 7 so it’s a little more understandable that she will read something and not comprehend what was in it or pick up on context, hidden meanings etc. It’s not as acceptable however for a 35+ year old…as I tell myself after learning a lesson the hard way. Books are easier, making sure to apply the same concepts to life’s lessons is not.
We’re all gonna slip up, but slipping up, and deciding to take the same ill-conceived course over and over is a whole other matter. Thank God He is sooooo patient with us and unwilling that ANY should be lost but should turn from our destructive ways and receive both knowledge AND wisdom. There are many an educated fool running around with plenty to say but no wisdom to know WHAT to say, when to say it or how it should be applied.
Wiki has the following to say about Foolishness…
“Foolishness is the lack or failure of wisdom and of making proper careful choices. In this sense, it differs from stupidity, which is the lack of intelligence. An act of foolishness is called folly. Foolish talk is called stultiloquence.
Foolishness and wisdom are contrasted in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. He condemns intellectual arrogance and advocates a humble attitude of foolishness in which it is then possible to learn. Plato likewise said, “He is the wisest man who knows himself to be ill-equipped for the study of wisdom”, but Paul makes a distinction between wisdom and the reason of the Greeks.”
What a perfect summation…
God wants to deliver not only knowledge, but knowledge AND wisdom, which only comes by the way of humility. Humility is the conduit to learning and application. A lamp is only a lamp until it’s plugged into a power source.
If we take a class, already thinking we know what the teacher has to say, than we’ve defeated ourselves before we’ve even started. As previously implied, small children and fools have two things in common – both talk a lot but have very little in terms of wisdom in what they say. The biggest difference between kids and fools??? Kids don’t know any better, fools on the other hand should…
God has many ways of delivering knowledge and wisdom to His children. He can provide it directly, by way of life lessons or most of the time by way of those He places in our lives. Let’s all prescribe to the allowing God to not only guide us but also be willing, and humble enough, to let those around us help and provide us the wisdom to leave folly and foolishness behind.
Be Forever Blessed,
All scripture references from biblegateway.com