“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”Proverbs 1:7 NIV (New International Version)
Fools, what or who are they? A fool is defined as a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or common sense. It is also referred to as someone who clowns around or someone who is gullible and easily taken advantage of.
Fool or fools is mentioned approximately 360 times throughput the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. Of those 360, the word fool or fools appears 99 times in the Book of Proverbs.
For something to be written about so many times, it is definitely important and we should pay attention.
A biblical definition of fool is said to be a senseless person who disregards God’s Word. This is similar to the dictionaries definition except it also includes the indifference to the Bible.
Are we foolish in how we live? Are we living according to God’s plan? In the Bible, it tells us we should be careful how we live.
“Be very careful, then, how you live —- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
This verse implies that if we are not careful and live as we are instructed in the Word of God we will not make wise choices and possibly succumb to evil ways.
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standard of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise.”1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
It doesn’t matter how much education we have or how smart we think we are, we can always learn some new. Only God is all wise, only He knows everything. God empowers us to gain knowledge through His Word, and it is wise to submit to His authority. His ways, His plans are always much better than anything we can ever imagine.
Now that we’ve looked at the definition of a fool let’s look at some of the characteristics of a fool.
- Fools are selfish – they do everything for their own gain.
- Fools have control issues – they always want to control their circumstances including the people around them.
- Fools operate without acknowledging God – they follow their own plan without asking God what He wants for them.
- Fools tend to be angry often and reckless.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘ There is no God.’”Psalm14:1 NIV
“ Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. “Proverbs 12:15 NLT ( New Living Translation)
“Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.”Proverbs 28:26 NLT
Our wisdom should come from God and not of ourselves. Before making any decisions, we should consult God through prayer and the study of His Word. Seeking treasures in heaven is more fulfilling and are for a lifetime and beyond. Earthly treasures, possessions, accomplishments will fade away. You can’t take them with you when you leave this present world. Their joy is only temporary.
Believe God exists, Fear Him and obey His commandments as stated in the Holy Word of God. Seek His guidance and follow His instructions. When in doubt, ask questions. God will answer. Sometimes He uses people to give you His answer, while other times He’ll show you the answers while reading His Word. When we pray, we can talk or ask Him about anything. He’s always willing to listen.
Yesterday was April Fool’s Day and while playing practical jokes/pranks on people may seem fun. Not everyone laughs at them or appreciates them.
Don’t be a fool, seek God first. Wisdom comes from above and not from within.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given Him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”James 1:5,6 KJV ( King James Version)
God bless. Seek council and wisdom from God. Be a blessing to others. Thank you! I appreciate y’all.
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