What do we know about fools from Proverbs?
I want wisdom. It is important to my daily walk with Jesus.
Sometimes it helps, in understanding something, is to look and see what it is not.
The following is a partial list of some characteristics of a fool from the book of Proverbs:
- A fool hates knowledge (1:22)
- Takes no pleasure in understanding (18:2)
- Enjoys wicked schemes (Proverbs 10:23)
- Proclaims folly (Proverbs 12:23)
- Spurns a parent’s discipline (15:5)
- Speaks perversity (19:1)
- Is quick-tempered (12:16)
- Gets himself in trouble with his proud speech (14:3)
- Mocks at sin (14:9)
- Is deceitful (14:8)
- Despises his mother (15:20)
- A foolish child brings grief to his or her parents (17:25; 19:13)
- A foolish man commits sexual immorality (6:32; 7:7–12)
- A foolish woman tears down her own house (14:1)
- The ultimate description of a fool is one who “says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’
- They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
Scripture portrays fools as those who have rejected God and his ways and are unable or unwilling to appreciate the wisdom of knowing and obeying him. A great example is “A fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”
So what to do? Argue with atheists? Have wonderful debates over theology and dogma?
Not hardly. They can be waste of our time. They can be waste of our words. Jesus warned us to not cast our pearls before swine. Yet, we are to give a defense of the hope we have to all those who ask. Answers deserve to be given. We are to be gentle and respectful. We sow the seed and then move on if we need to.
Scripture portrays fools as those who have rejected God and/or his ways and are unable or unwilling to appreciate the wisdom of knowing and obeying him.
In this verse from Proverbs, fools are portrayed as having big mouths. There are consequences to saying foolish things. We don’t like to think about it. We will reap what we sow.
What will I do about my big mouth? Will I save my soul?
Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words. | Proverbs 18:7 (The Message Bible)
This turns something I think I know on it’s head. Jesus, my Master, teaches me that the first will be last and the last will be first.
Are we willing to be seen by others as a fool and foolish? We will be. We might as well embrace that we will be fools for Jesus.
God has a plan. It doesn’t involve my thinking I am wise. I must be willing to be seen as a fool. That is the way of Jesus!