Don’t Follow the Fool’s Folly
The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness. Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him? The struggles of fools weary them, for they don’t know how to go to the city. Eccl 10:12-15 (HCSB)
Confusion and chaos are the destiny of those who listen and fall onto the path of the fool. So many people are susceptible to the tickling and tantalizing words that the fool seems capable of espousing. It seems most people have the struggle of selfishness within them and that stirs them to seek shortcuts and believe that there are easier ways to get ahead in life. Even when they know better, they want to believe the lies and folly of the fool who paints a picture of the better life.
Should we blame the fool and his folly, or brand ourselves as the fool whose folly is following the advice of the fool?
So how can we filter the words that flow from the lips of the fool versus the wisdom that come from the wise?
The Bible puts it this way: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his instructions have good insight. Psalms 111:10 (HCSB) This fear is utmost reverence and awe for the priority and perfection of the Lord’s guidance to mankind. Where can we get that guidance for all our life decisions? It begins by committing daily to seeking God’s will, ways, and wisdom.
Invest in the hearing, reading and meditating upon what God’s priority and perfection are, then your ears and eyes become more sensitive to the folly of fools. No matter how convincing their message sounds, the fool’s mistake is he cannot help but to keep talking. He continually attempts to reinforce and convince everyone of his twisted truth. However, when you invest in connecting with God’s encouraging word, you discover how authentic and reliable his message is for your life. God’s message is relevant to your life and without compromise. It not only points the way but also states how one is to succeed along the way he leads. When you trust the Lord, he discovers that he walks with you along the path he directs you.
Then there is the fool’s folly and his misguided ways. He gladly spouts off to all who choose to listen how awesome his way is to follow. The fool prods and goads others to walk in his folly, but he does not tag along. You see, the fool’s ways are lonely ways. When you get caught up in the fool’s folly, you find out that you have lost your way listening to the fool’s directions. Your sacred man-made GPS has its limits, faults, and shortcomings. The fool’s folly befuddles even Google maps or Garmin devices. Only God’s will, ways, and wisdom are reliable. When God leads, you will not get lost unless you choose to stop listening and trusting in the Lord’s true direction.
Who are you relying upon to guide you through the days that lie ahead in your life? The choice is yours.
Words of Wisdom #251-35EC