Words of Wisdom: The Fool’s Game has No Winner! Proverbs 26:1-12
Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor is inappropriate for a fool. Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools. Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you’ll be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he’ll become wise in his own eyes. The one who sends a message by a fool’s hand cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like lame legs that hang limp. Giving honor to a fool is like binding a stone in a sling. A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a stick with thorns, brandished by the hand of a drunkard. The one who hires a fool, or who hires those passing by, is like an archer who wounds everyone. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Prov 26:1-12 (HCSB)
In the life of the fool there is no good time, but plenty of bad times. The fool is the one who knows the truth but refuses to accept the truth, and he or she stumbles through life creating obstacles for others because of a fool’s folly. The fool’s path goes nowhere but seems to be everywhere, thus the fool is a nuisance to others because they seem to always be around. Are there fools that you can recognize because of their reckless abandon and aimless wandering?
Are there those you know that seem to need a “swift kick in their keister,” as my dad would say? The fool seems to always be the one who is out of control and in dire need of firm, and often harsh direction, because they do not know when to stop their foolishness. All the fool seems to desire is to get some attention for them, and they thrive on any attention they can get, even when it is the wrong attention. However, be careful of the attention you give the fool because he will answer the curtain call even when the people are hissing and booing him or her. The fool will think any attention is good attention and come back for more.
When dealing with the fool in your midst be careful how much trust you place in them. They will likely let you down and cause others to misunderstand your intentions when you send the fool on errands on your behalf. The only hope for the fool is the Lord to straighten him or her of their crooked ways. The best anyone can do for the fool is to introduce them to the Lord by revealing God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word to them. Their folly will find no rest at His feet and for the first time the fool will recognize his or her foolishness, and seek forgiveness.
Considering all the challenges of the fool, the greatest fool according to the Word of God is the person who is foolish enough to believe they need no help and that they are wise and beyond the need of anyone’s instruction, including the Lord’s help. The one who in their mind is in need of no help is beyond help, and thus will travel the course in life they have chosen for themselves with no hope. He or she is the biggest fool who will only fool themselves into playing a game that has no winners, just losers. Their only hope is one day realize the foolishness of their selfish pride. Otherwise, a dead end awaits them.
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!”Matt 7:24-27 (HCSB)