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Dangerous foolishness


Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
Proverbs 17:12

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!

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Conflicts


“If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
Proverbs 30:32-33

There are people who get into trouble very easily without realizing what they are doing. All starts as a game, as a joke, a prank, but then they do not know where to stop and end up creating an argument from which they cannot get away easily. These are foolish and ignorant people who never stop to measure the consequences of their actions and to make matters worse, they are always blaming others for what happens to them. Everything begins as an “innocent” game that ends in disturbed relationships and even hatred that never heals. His actions are devoid of the slightest trace of love because they can care less of what others may feel.

Want to live in peace and free of misunderstandings? Restrain your tongue. Do you want to restore calm and keep your relationships free of disputes and discussions? Think about what you are going to say before opening your mouth. People are complex beings and very unpredictable, so you will never know with certainty how the other person will react to your jokes. Do not try to have the last word because it will lead to conflict and dissatisfaction. May there always be on your lips a word of encouragement and edification and may your life be peaceful and just at all times. That’s what I wish for you. To God alone be the glory!

Dangerous emotions


Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end.
Proverbs 29:11

Human beings were created with emotions. They exert powerful influences on our actions and are responsible, when repressed, for some serious health problems. Hence, it is important that we can control them to avoid the terrible consequences that a decision made from the guts may bring or the negative effects they produce on the health of those who repress them. Some emotions are highly desired such as joy, tenderness or the feeling of euphoria brought by the adrenaline rush that occurs in those who are exposed to high-risk situations. Other emotions are unpleasant such as sadness, fear and anger. The vast majority of people act under the influence of emotions and many of the problems encountered daily in interpersonal relations are the result of this behavior. Emotions are bad counselors.

A child of God, on the contrary should act based on reason and not in any case depend on the circumstances surrounding him, circumstances that are ultimately what stimulate the emotions of the individual. If we study the lives of biblical characters such as Abraham, Joseph, Job, Paul and the Lord Jesus, we can clearly see how important it is to learn not to be guided by emotions to carry out the obedience required of us. This does not mean we’re going to completely suppress all emotion and that we will act like robots who have no way of expressing feelings. Emotions and feelings are a gift from God that we must learn to manage in order to be good stewards of the Lord. Take care, then, of not getting caught up in them and always reason thoroughly before making any decisions, especially those that need to be taken to attend to something urgent. To God alone be the glory!

Absurd honor


Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.
Proverbs 26:8

By definition, a fool, is not worthy but of pity and mercy and that only when there is hope that sometime in some way he can be regenerated. Otherwise one cannot feel but contempt or rejection for a fool. However, every day we can see how fools are honored everywhere in the world. The masses driven by their own ignorance and the clever tricks of their leaders treat fools as gods to whom they must render honor and loyalty. Some would argue that they do it to be able to get something to feed their mouths and their need forces them to bow to injustice and corruption, but the fact is that this servile and hypocritical behavior has no justification.

As children of the Most High, God has given us insight and wisdom to not fall into the mistake of applauding the foolish conduct of imbeciles. Please discard any justification you’ve used so far to excuse your unworthy and servile behavior  and seek God’s guidance and the knowledge of his will for you. It is unacceptable that after having been redeemed by Jesus Christ you now have to depend physically and morally on a corrupt handout. Seek and you will find true wisdom. Lend a deaf ear and you will fall even lower. Only in Christ you can find the solution for your life.To God alone be the glory!

Obstinacy


A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Proverbs 17:10

There are people who definitely are a hopeless case. Their stupidity is beyond repair. They are people who can not change course or seek alternate routes but who persist in staying the course that their limited reasoning ability makes them think will lead them to the place where they want to be. It never comes to their minds to consider if they are doing the right thing or even consult God before deciding what to do next. Even the beasts of the field are more capable of reasoning to discern what is convenient and what is not. His folly is based on arrogance and therefore they will never accept advice or feel remorse or desire to change course.

The wise, however, can realize the obstacles approaching in their way and they  are able to take preventive action to change course according to the available alternatives. They always want to know the opinion of others, not to blindly follow their advice but to consider the options they have and select the most appropriate route. They always entrust to God all his actions and steps so they are always sure that God will show them the most appropriate way. When rebuked, they consider the feedback as an opportunity to improve their behavior and they are always grateful to those who take the time to evaluate their actions and make a recommendation.

To which of these two groups you think you belong? Are you stubborn and hardheaded and do not like being told how to do things? Or, conversely, you receive the comments of others as a token of the appreciation they feel for you? Do you look at things positively or prefer to see everything with scorn and skepticism? God wants to change your heart but not until you let him because he respects your will. Open your heart to him and leave the way open for him to clean and transform your heart with his love and mercy . Let him give you the wisdom to live with peace and joy and never leave his side. People will realize that now you are wise and prudent and not foolish and obstinate. To God alone be the glory!

Arrogance & Foolishness


Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
Proverbs 28:26

There are people who have many talents and skills to successfully fulfill the tasks entrusted to them. His intelligence is usually above average and everything they take on they achieve easily. So far so good. The only problem is that these people are so skilled to carry out most tasks that they end up developing an attitude of arrogance and independence. When adversity comes, they face it with their own skills and abilities being very confident that they will, only with their own resources, overcome anything that gets in their way. They no longer depend on the help of others, much less on God’s protection. Arrogance has taken control of their thinking and behavior and thus end up denying the Author of life and salvation. Their glory is to be self-sufficient.

Unfortunately for them,overcoming difficulties requires more than self-sufficiency and ability. Hence, this attitude is very dangerous because when they fail, they say it was because of their of bad luck thus denying the existence of God and his involvement in the matter. Obstacles are not intended to test our ability to overcome them through our own strength. Obstacles are intended to test our faith in God. If whenever we run into an obstacle we only rely on ourselves and our strength to move forward, we will never have the joy of seeing God’s work in our lives because we are not allowing him to perform the part that corresponds to him and only him. Let us recognize that all our abilities come from God. Let us learn to depend less and less of our own forces and capabilities and rely more on God and his power. Only then can we properly exercise our faith. To God alone be the glory!

Folly and riches


Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
Proverbs 17:16

The fool and the stupid have one thing in common, both have a very distorted view of reality. For starters, they feel they are the center of the universe and everything revolves around their lives. What is not immediate to them is irrelevant because they feel free from external influence and only depend on their own will and act according to their whims. For them, their reality is the only possible reality and those who think differently to them are seen as confused or unintelligent. When they manage to accumulate a certain amount of wealth they try to impose their lifestyle on others who imitate them so foolishly. They would never acknowledge that all they are ─if they are something at all─ they owe to God and not to their own efforts.

They will never be able to get rid of their folly, even with more studying or by hiring expensive consultants. The latter will simply be ignored when their advise is something the fool does not like or does not understand. We as God’s children have access to perfect wisdom that comes from above and is only available to those who respect and obey God. Any decision should be considered carefully and without haste because we run the risk of acting as stupid as those mentioned above. Let us always allow the word of God and His Holy Spirit to guide us along the paths of wisdom and justice with gratitude for the privileged position that we have been elevated to by grace and not by works. Let us act with humility, ever mindful of the dangers that threaten our steps, submitting to God in order to successfully resist any attack of our enemy. This way we will achieve victory over evil. To God alone be the glory!

Love and Obedience


The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Proverbs 10:8

The key to success is obedience, but we need to know what or whom we obey. All the time we receive instructions from everywhere and almost all of these instructions are antagonistic to each other. Hence, it is very important to discern which of the orders we receive we must obey in order to progress successfully. Clearly, we must obey God first . That’s obvious and implicit in the instructions that Moses gave the people of Israel after descending from Mount Sinai: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” [1] He also told them: “Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.” [2]

So love and obedience go hand in hand and it is up to us children of God, to obey him in everything he has commanded us. Do you want to do well in everything you undertake? Want to enjoy long life? Obey the commandments and precepts of the Lord above all things and you will receive the reward of the righteous. The Lord Jesus said: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  [3] He also said:  “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” [4] This is the secret of wisdom and success.To God alone be the glory!

[1] Deuteronomy 6:4-5
[2] Deuteronomy 6:3
[3] John 14:21
[4] John 15:12

Today’s word for July 13, 2011


Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3

There are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. Some people like to talk so much that they can not remain silent under any circumstances and end up saying sheer nonsense that no one is interested in hearing. Those are the fools. Sometimes even a king needs to put them in place and ask them to shut up. Others have a poisoned tongue that only utters insults and curses that can only come from a heart controlled by the devil. There are also those to whom nothing seems right and all they do is complain about everything. We also have those who are unable to utter an expression of thanks, but only know how to demand. Some have made an art of lying, if you can call deception that. With amazing skills they can convince even the most skeptical but always at the expense of hoaxes and deceit. We can’t leave aside those who always have an excuse to justify they have not done anything, because of inability or laziness. And what about those who have a treacherous tongue and are willing to sell the secrets, even those of his own brother. As we can see, there are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. We can’t mention all of them for reasons of space.

Have you been at any time part of one or more of the groups described above? Are any of these behaviors a problem you’re currently facing? An uncontrolled tongue can do great damage. James, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” and “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Before you say anything, consider well what you are going to say to avoid pronouncing evil words. Thus, we will be careful not to hurt our neighbor and also we will protect ourselves. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 27, 2011


Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
Proverbs 27:22

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!