As a dog returns to its vomit,
so fools repeat their folly.
One thing is characteristic of fools. At all times they persist in their folly. In other words, they are very consistent. They turn neither to the right nor to the left. For them this is a bad condition because it does not allow them to amend their attitude but to the wise this serves as notice and warning so they can avoid becoming involved in the entanglements that result from the crazy and absurd ideas of fools. Because of our sinful nature, the whole human race behaves like a fool from time to time for which we have to repent. Occasional foolishness is no different from any other kind of mistake or sin. Correcting the situation requires repentance and requesting forgiveness from God and from our neighbor.
What was the most recent stupid thing you did? Consider this carefully. Chances are it was something you said without much thought. Your tongue was faster than your brain and you said something that caused pain to your neighbor even if it was not intended. Or maybe you thought you’d say something funny and ended up saying something that really annoyed your friend. Thank God he always gives us a second chance to rectify our foolish acts. Perhaps we will not be able to make the consequences of our error go away. They will always be there to remind us that we need to be very careful with our behavior and our words. Let us ask God for wisdom to get rid of the nonsense that accompanies us even from the day we were born. By his grace and love God will give us the wisdom not to act like those fools who convincingly insist to show the world how stupid they are. Only to God be the glory!
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
The vast majority of animals protect their young with unusual violence. They do it by instinct. It is something that is part of their genome and is transmitted from generation to generation. Just a few species use other defensive mechanisms which are also instinctive and are programmed into their DNA as well. We’ve all had the opportunity to observe how animals, domesticated or not, react when someone takes away their puppies. Bears in particular are extremely dangerous and even more when someone fools around with their young. Worse than encountering a bear robbed of her cubs is to have to deal with a fool. Under no circumstance should we descend to the level of stupidity and folly in which these fatal individuals love to move. We have to understand that in spite of the many arguments that we could use against them, they will never budge and will stubbornly remain in their irrational position. They are always looking for confrontation because this is the field where they have an advantage, just because they care little for the outcome of the discussion. They will never concede to those who oppose them, but will defend to the death their folly and ignorance.
Let those who like to foster conflict be visited by the messenger of death as promised and announced by the word of God. Let us avoid conflict with others as far as it is in our hands to prevent it. The Lord Jesus has called us to live in peace. In fact, he is our peace and therefore we should not depart from him to fall into wild provocations . When you see that you’re going to run into a fool, cross the street and continue your way on the opposite sidewalk. You’ll walk a little farther but you will avoid the waste of time and exhaustion that results from arguing with someone who only does it for fun. Look out, if you see a fool get away from him. Do not throw your pearls to the pigs. Only to God be the glory!
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?”
Inexperience, insolence and folly are three things that oppose wisdom and prevent man from seeing the light and saving his life. Inexperience leads him to commit numerous errors that have painful and unpredictable consequences, not only for himself but also for his loved ones as well. Few people analyze the root causes that led them to make a mistake and therefore they never learn from their experiences. Clearly these people will not learn from the mistakes of others either. There are those who stubbornly cling to doing things a certain way all the time hoping to get different results every time. Someone said this is a good definition of madness. On the other hand we have insolence. An insolent person is a “loose cannon” to use an expression that is very common for describing these individuals. An insolent person is always disrespectful to anything that has to do with the authority, be it God, father, teacher, leader, or law enforcement agent. The weapons of the insolent are mockery and disobedience. His pleasure is anarchy. Finally, foolishness is violently opposed to the influence of wisdom, because a fool sees himself as superior to everybody else. Any teaching that does not come of himself will be regarded as invalid and unnecessary. A fool is not interested in knowing what other people think because the ideas of others have no place in his narrow mind.
As we can see these three fatal counselors, inexperience, insolence and folly are a burden and a chain on our feet on our path to wisdom. Ignoring their presence in our lives ─ albeit in limited proportions ─ can lead directly and easily to failure. Let us identify, then those aspects of our lives that are dominated by these harmful attitudes and let us take action to amend them so our path to wisdom is not impeded or blocked. Let wisdom be our constant companion. To God alone be the glory!
My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
The wealthy citizens of the Roman Empire had at their disposal a technique to commit suicide that was slow and almost painless. They achieved their macabre purpose of leaving this world in a slow and imperceptible way. We will not discuss the details of this technique because this is out of scope. But it is important to know that when we sin, our bodies slowly submerge into a stupor that keeps us from realizing the fall we are experiencing. Changes in our body occur so slow that we can not realize that they are happening until we reach such a state of deterioration that the consequences become a heavy burden.
It is popularly said that “Man is a creature of habit.” Habits and customs produce in us a sense of security and reassurance. The problems arise when the habit or the custom is associated with a sinful practice. If we routinely practice some form of sin we do not realize the negative impact that this practice is having on us. Our hearts become hard as stone and our conscience is numbed into a deep sleep. We displace the Holy Spirit of God and we claim and gradually remove his control of our lives relegating his role to that of being just a spiritual ornament. And that’s when the woes and pains start. That’s when we feel overwhelmed, brought down, depressed and heartbroken because health has abandoned us.
Not every illness or disease is the result of sin, so it is important that we analyze ourselves and that we allow the Holy Spirit to fulfill his purpose in our lives to determine what behavior we must change to avoid the slow process of death. The only available and effective solution to overcome this painful situation is to go to the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. He can set us free from the habit of sin and set us on the path of justice and health. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you missed the mark and take your failures to the throne of grace. Christ is the only way to achieve spiritual vitality. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged burden, Christianity, faith, folly, God, guilt, life, mourning, overwhelmed, pardon, peace, Psalms, righteousness, sin, truth, wounds
Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
Folly is intrinsic to human nature. Given a choice between good and evil ─ there is always a choice─ man will take the path of least resistance, which is the path of folly. To behave stupidly requires no sacrifice, neither special effort nor the intervention of a third party. Just giving vent to our passions and emotions we can fully disclose our folly. Just showing the world what we really are will allow us to demonstrate how much foolishness there is in our lives. Any effort based on our own forces or with the help of others for taking stupidity out of our lives is bound to fail because the only way to accomplish it would require ending our lives. Only divine intervention can transform our irrational nature and give us true wisdom and knowledge. God’s word tells us that fools despise wisdom and instruction. It also tells us that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord.
Have you tried to stop doing those things you know are not advisable? Have you tried to do this based in your own strength? Would you like to gain wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to enjoy the benefits and advantages of being a wise person? Just look in the word of God and claim the promises the Lord gives to those who follow him wholeheartedly. True wisdom comes from above, from heaven, from God. No curriculum or academic certificate will give you the wisdom and knowledge that can only come from God. That does not mean you should drop out of school. Education is important and plays a special role in the believer’s life but it’s more important to possess intelligence, insight, wisdom and discretion. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged Christianity, faith, folly, fool, foolishness, God, grain, hope, Jesus, life, love, Proverbs 27, sinful nature, spirituality, truth, wisdom
All who are prudent act with knowledge,
but fools expose their folly.
Foolishness is synonymous with madness. The fool does not accept arguments but invents his own, which only he understands. When asked about the reason for his behavior he responds with the first thing that pops into his head and if pressed to give a coherent answer, he replies: I did it because I felt like it. But the issue does not stop there; after releasing all the atrocities that his feverish and deluded mind has come up with, he boasts as if what he said were a great truth or a profound philosophical statement which will radically transform the heights of knowledge attained by humanity so far. It is clear that his mental processes are completely divorced from both reality and common sense but this does not prevent him from furthering his foolery because he lives in another world that has nothing to do with reality. This would not be a problem if fools and idiots could be physically isolated from the rest of society in the same way they are intellectually separated from reason. However, the fool has a lot of followers that support him in his stupidity and celebrate every silly word he says as great truths and principles. This gives him the motivation to continue with his irresponsible behavior.
The child of God should show a behavior diametrically opposed to that of the fool’s actions. His decisions must be based on the principles established by God and communicated to man through his word. His daily walk must be channeled and directed by God, and his words should be carefully selected before being released into the air. His tongue should be dominated by his mind and his will, and not the other way around, as it is customary for idiots and madmen. How can we behave reasonably? With prudence and wisdom. Do not imitate the wrong doing of a fool. Fools will receive a fool’s reward and the righteous will receive a righteous’ reward. Let us follow our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, faith, folly, fool, foolishness, God, Jesus, knowledge, life, love, Proverbs 13, prudence, spirituality, wisdom