The last thing we ever want to be known for is being a fool. Scripture gives us a lot of insight into what that looks like and how to recognize one and what to do when you encounter a fool.
“Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes. Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison. Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool. Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.” Proverbs 26:1-12
So, what’s the take-away from these verses?
Don’t live the life of a fool.
Recognize foolish behavior and avoid it.
Don’t hire fools.
Don’t trust fools.
Don’t think yourself wise in your own eyes or you will be worse than a fool.
So, what is the telltale characteristic of a fool?
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1
Do you want to avoid foolish behavior? Live for Jesus!
Jesus, I commit my life to You. I want to make wise choices, living my life for You.