“The fear of the
beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
The pitfalls of this life are many and there are also many who,
because of a lack of wisdom, pay the price. There are moral and
spiritual laws that are as certain as the physical laws that govern this
universe. One may deny the law of gravity, but if he jumps off the roof
of a tall building, life will teach him a lesson, even if that life is
Our God created both mankind and the universe that he lives in. In that
same creation he made both physical and spiritual laws that men need to
learn. In His great mercy, He chose to instruct us concerning the
greater of these two laws, His spiritual law, because this law brings
both greater consequences and greater blessings. One of the reasons God
gave His word in written form was to allow us to live an abundant life.
“And the Lord
commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the
our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is
this day.” (Deuteronomy 6:24)
We live in times where
scoffers abound that cry out against rules and restrictions. And it is a
fact of life that when a person chooses to resist all rules and those
who would teach him about these true principles, then no power in the
universe will force it on him. The Bible describes this popular approach
to life as the way of a fool.
Who is a fool? The word “fool” in the Bible “signifies ‘without reason’
... want of mental sanity and sobriety, a reckless and inconsiderate
habit of mind ... the lack of common sense perception of the reality of
things natural and spiritual ... or the imprudent ordering of one’s life
in regard to salvation.”
- Vine’s Dictionary
One of the great mistakes we can make in this life is to fail to
identify a fool when he seeks a relationship with us or a loved one.
There are terrible consequences that will follow those who have a
relationship with such an individual. “A desire accomplished is sweet to
the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But
the companion of
fools will be destroyed.”
These words may sound harsh, but they are none the less true. God
wants us to take them seriously.
God has revealed the heart and the actions of a fool so that we might
identify him. The fool looks at this life only in the short term, at the
ways he can satisfy his desires now, at the things he can possess now.
He has no desire to hear or to know of possible consequences, but he has
a great interest in immediate fun and laughter. “The heart of the wise
is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of
mirth. 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for
a man to hear the song of fools. 6 For like the crackling of
thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is
(Ecclesiastes 7:4-6) The wise man knows that he learns how to
live, by first learning how to die. The fool has no heart for such
lessons and pursues headlong the fun of today.
It is no surprise then to see the fool rejoice in evil and in evil men.
“To do evil is
like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.”
I have seen young ladies attracted to this carefree, fun-loving
man to their great hurt. A fool will take advantage of another in order
to satisfy his lusts at the expense of that person, and then cast that
one off like a used tissue. The fool will then will boast to others
about his successful conquest. If it is immorality or the taking of
another’s possessions, the fool considers it all a casual game.
One of the reasons I am teaching on this subject is because I once made
a fool my friend. The fool has an enormous talent to sense the needs of
another and then transform himself into the kind of person that other
person wants. The fool will use his tongue to flatter others, to
convince them that he alone understands them, and that others have
misunderstood them and treated them badly. They have a fun way about
themselves that makes you drop your guard because of your natural desire
to have fun and feel that you belong. For the fool this is all a show,
an act of hypocrisy, so that he might gain a temporary goal at the
expense of another and then cast off the one he has used.
A fool has a great confidence that some find attractive. “The way of a
right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel
is wise.” (Proverbs
12:15) He may be bold and love to express his opinion, but he
does not know where he is going.
One of the great mistakes a person can make is to get in the way of a
fool and his folly. “Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs than
to confront a fool immersed in folly.”
God warns us in many ways not to even try to teach a fool. “Do not speak
in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.”
A fool will threaten you if he perceives that you are getting in the
way. He will threaten to slander you and will carry out that threat if
you do not submit to him.
There is a big difference in being a fool and being foolish. All of us
have been foolish and learned, but the fool will not. This is the very
person that Jesus warned about: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs;
nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their
feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
The way of a fool is sad and hard. I watched a young lady, whose name
was on the church roll, scoff at the wisdom presented by several to her
about the importance of marrying a Christian. She pursued such a
relationship with an
unbeliever and even lived immorally with this man before she
married. No one was going to teach her! She now has experienced her 3rd
marriage, all to non-Christians, and has long since ceased attending
with Christians. The sad part is that during her time in the church she
also influenced others to bitterness and they, too, forsook the Lord.
A fool will never learn from his mistakes, but rather he will blame
others for the consequences and then will do the same things over and
over again. “As a dog returns to his own vomit, so
a fool repeats his folly.”
(Proverbs 26:11) “Though
you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet
his foolishness will not depart from him”
These are some hard lessons we must learn in this life. Learn wisdom,
and make associations with those that love the Lord and His word.
“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse
in his lips, and is a fool.”
(Proverbs 19:1) “See
then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise”
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