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Don’t Be a Fool

Mr. T is famous for saying, “I pity the fool.” And I agree with him. I pity the fool, too. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God,’” (Psalm 53:1), and as a rebel against God, he has “hope in this life only” and is “of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19). Today is April Fools’ Day, but don’t be a fool. Be wise. Be wise by fearing the Lord in awe and reverence (Proverbs 1:7), and be wise by heeding the call of God’s Wisdom, which Solomon personifies in Proverbs 8:32-36. Wisdom says:

“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

Notice what Wisdom says. She says that whoever finds her finds life and the favor of God! We as Christians have favor with God, and we have life everlasting (John 3:16). But notices what wisdom says must therefore mark us as believers: “Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates.” We “listen to” Wisdom by reading God’s Word, studying God’s Word, and hearing it preached. We hear God’s word preached regularly (usually once or twice a week), but we are to watch “daily” at wisdom’s gates; we should spend prayerful time in the Bible each day. Listening to Wisdom also involves applying God’s Word to our daily lives. As James writes in his epistle: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (1:22).

We also learn about how not to be a fool in Proverbs 13:1. “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to a rebuke.” Prayerfully read your Bibles daily; read your Bibles and then pray to apply the truths you learn by the empowering of the Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:13). Let us listen to our heavenly Father’s instruction, let us not be a scoffer, fool, who “does not listen to a rebuke.” The writer of Hebrews reveals: “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons” (12:7-8). Fellow Christian, be wise; act like you are God’s child, for you are God’s child if you are truly saved.

But what if you’re a new Christian who doesn’t really know a lot about the Bible? Read it, and pray for wisdom. What if you’re like me, an “older” Christian who still knows that there is room for growth in wisdom? Keep reading the Bible, and pray for wisdom. James writes in his epistle: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (1:5-8).

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