Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
One can hardly find a politician who does not use lies as a main weapon. Their livelihood depends on how well he is accepted by the people he represents or he governs. It seems that to be a successful politician or ruler it is required to manage well deception and master the art of manipulation. Obviously I’m generalizing and if some politician or ruler comes to read these lines and does not fit the description above he would understand that the vast majority of his colleagues have given a bad reputation to his occupation. The main problem a ruler faces is wanting to please everyone, which by definition and knowing human nature it is something impossible to achieve. The famed comedian Bill Cosby said: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Many leaders do not understand this simple but profound concept and when failing to achieve success they take refuge in lies, which allows them to gain some time to seek another way to achieve popular approval. This only heaps error upon error since, as one wise ruler rightly said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”Abraham Lincoln.
As we can see, to use deceit to seek popular acceptance is bad business and on top of it, it is something that God abhors. He who has built his reputation on the house of cards of lying cannot end well. If you ever find yourself in a leadership role handle your affairs with the truth in front of you. This will not help you achieve popular acceptance but you will succeed in everything you undertake. Seek advice from the wisdom that comes from above and put your hope in God. Your walk will be much more bearable and you will be able to keep something more valuable than popularity: your integrity. To God alone be the glory!
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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!
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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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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!