Proverbs repeatedly addresses foolishness. One of the main themes of this book of Scripture is foolishness vs wisdom.
So, what is the root of foolishness? Where does it begin?
We know where wisdom comes from. Several times Proverbs reminds us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So, if wisdom begins with God, foolishness must therefore begin with man. We think we have the answers. We believe we can do things on our own. We are the captains of our own destiny and can navigate the waters of life alone.
And that is foolish.
“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead. The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place. The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight.” Proverbs 15:20-26
This book of Proverbs gives us encouragement to follow the Lord. It offers guidance to look to God as our source and listen to His instruction. It shows us how to have real joy and to live a life that is moving toward Him.
Trusting in our own resources is foolishness.
Heavenly Father, I know that my natural tendency is to make my own course, to chart my own way. But that is foolish. Help me rather to every day trust and follow You.