Weekly Inspiration

Monday July 3, 2017
Fools And Folly

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. -PROVERBS 15:14 NIV

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. -PROVERBS 12:1 NIV

The writers of Proverbs say the opposite of wisdom is foolishness and the opposite of a wise person is a fool. Today the word fool often means someone with low intelligence, but in biblical usage, fools may have a high IQ and a reputation for success. What makes them fools is that they ignore God's wisdom, preferring to follow the shifting dictates of the crowd or their own fallible opinions. While fools often consider themselves clever, their cleverness all too often leads to their ruin. Their penchant for distorting the truth, their lack of discernment and discipline, their unwillingness to exhibit self-control and their apparent delight in throwing caution to the wind put them on a path to disaster.

The Bible minces no words in exposing and denouncing both fools and their folly. Repeatedly it warns that the path of a fool is a downward spiral, that folly begets more folly and that the end is destruction. It takes courage to follow God's wisdom, rather than your own, but the results are worth it.
PRAY: Following your own opinions is folly. Ask God for his help in following his wisdom, rather than that of yourself or your friends.


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