August 2022 Devotion
Who's The Fool?
There is a lot of foolishness in this world; much of it is socially acceptable The fool.and counted as “normal”. It is found in the classroom, in our own lives, in our homes, in the decisions and actions of political figures, and on the job. The world may consider a thought, action, or reason for doing something as popular, and it may even seem right in their eyes, but when lined up against God’s wisdom found in His Word, many philosophies and behaviors are downright foolishness. What we may deem foolishness, may be just our opinion or preference. Here is a partial word study of who the Bible identifies as being a fool:
*A Prideful Person.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: … Prov. 14:3
*A child that hates his mother.
… but a foolish man despiseth his mother.Prov. 15:20
*A child that is a burden, rather than a blessing, to his parents.
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.Prov. 17:25 Also: Prov. 19:13
*A child that hates his parents' advice.
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.Prov. 15:5
*A leader that thinks he is above his peers, and does not take advice and criticism.
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.Eccl. 4:13
*A person that ignores all other advice or correction and insists on doing something his own way.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.Prov. 12:15 Also: Prov. 14:16, Prov.17:10, Prov. 18:2.
*A person that will not work for himself, nor take care of himself.
The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Eccl. 4:5
*A person that does not obey godly advice. Often they believe and do only what they think is right, and ignore wisdom.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, … Mat. 7:26 Also: Prov. 28:26, Prov. 17:16, Prov. 23:9.
*A person who is unprepared.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
*A person that knows about God, but is not grateful.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Rom. 1:21
*An atheist, a person that denies the existence of God.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God ….Ps. 14:1 Also: Ps. 53:1
*A person that is not even ashamed of doing absurd, unreasonable acts, even if they are sinful.
… but a fool layeth open his folly.Prov. 13:16
*A person that does not learn from his mistakes.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.Prov. 26:11
*A person that talks too much about trifling (vain, and unimportant) subjects.
The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.Prov. 10:8 Also: Prov. 10:10, Eccl. 10:12, 14
*A person that intentionally causes harm.
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: … Prov. 10:23
*A person that does not mind their own business.
… but every fool will be meddling.Prov. 20:3
*A person that is not careful what he says.
A fool uttereth all his mind: … Prov. 29:11 Also: Prov. 17:7.
*A person that lives by doing what he feels is right, and ignoring good or godly counsel.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.Prov. 28:26
After seeing what God defines as foolishness, we may have to re-evaluate what we are doing and thinking, and be careful of others actions and decisions. Unwise, foolish actions and behaviors always hurt people. Be wise, read the Word of God, believe it, and live as it demands. God’s wisdom is far different from what is believed and practiced by the world, but if followed it will always be the right, wise advice to lead you through life.
Rev. J.R. Childers