A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!
Folly is a kind of madness. Foolishness lies in the most profound recesses of the soul and foolish actions simply reflect the stupidity that has taken root in the heart of the fool. The fool does not realize the consequences of his actions because he is just a fool. His actions make no sense and trying to understand them would make us fall into the same nonsense that we are criticizing. Because of his lack of reason to fool can be compared with the beasts of burden, although oftentimes beasts have shown greater wisdom than a fool. It is for this reason that the fool should be treated with an iron hand, without regard or consideration, because the only reason he can understand is force.
Do you sometimes feel that life is too severe? Do you feel that you are constantly being tossed by a whirlpool, suffering all sorts of misfortunes and never being able to break free? Have you ever consider whether what is happening to you is nothing more than a rod or whip being applied to your stubborn back? Nobody is exempt from making an occasional stupidity, but we must be careful that our conduct in general is not labeled as stupid or that we do not fall into the folly that characterized our lives before we had a personal encounter with Jesus. The Apostle Paul wrote, “At one time we too were foolish and disobedient … But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us …” Let us not, therefore, dwell in foolish controversies, endless and fabulous genealogies, legends, legalism, false doctrines, the love of money and any other nonsense that may be hindering our spiritual progress. Only then we will be able “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Only to God be the glory!