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Stupidity reigns


The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.
Proverbs 3:35

The Proverbs of Solomon is a book of contrasts. In its lines and paragraphs we can see the contrast between the righteous and the evil, rich and poor, obedience and disobedience, the peaceful and the violent, the generous and the stingy, integrity and perversion, the proud and the humble, the wise and the inexperienced, the sober and the drunk, the diligent and the lazy, insolence and respect, the gossip and the discrete, patience and impulse, you name it, the list goes on and on. However, the more common contrast in this book is between the fool and the wise. When we observe the current state of humanity we see that fools far outnumber the wise. Because of this, some cynics have concluded that the basic characteristic of the human race is stupidity. No wonder some mock the theory of evolution because, according to it, man should be more perfect every day and on the contrary we see that stupidity is increasing. There’s even an honor out there called the Darwin Award given to those individuals who protect the gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving the human species’ chances of long-term survival.

What a contrast between stupidity and the wisdom that the son of God has. A Christian who properly grows and matures in the faith will always be looking to act wisely and avoid folly at all costs. When you sit down to analyze your life, what do you find to be more prevalent wisdom or folly? When you compare your life against the standard of the Word of God to whom you are most like, the wise or the fool? It’s in your hands, with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, to seek to transform your life and stop being a common being and becoming a useful tool in the hands of God. What do you say to this? Draw near to God with reverence, humility and obedience and you will enjoy the riches that the wisdom of God has prepared for those who walk in its trails. Only to God be the glory!

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Folly


As a dog returns to its vomit, 
so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 26:11

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!