Foolishness

There is a European folktale that tells of a man who dropped in to visit his fiancée and her parents, only to find the three of them sitting in the cellar weeping because the beer barrel had sprung a leak and was pouring beer all over the floor. The man was amazed at their silliness and declared that, if he found three bigger fools than this family he would return and marry the daughter. Sure enough, it didn’t take him long to find a few foolish people, including an entire village that had turned up at a pond to fish the moon’s reflection out the water. In the end, he returned and married the young lady.

The truth is, we all act a little foolish at times. Solomon warns against foolishness and its consequences throughout the book of Proverbs. The fool is characterized as lazy, violent, spiteful, careless, haughty—you get the idea. While there are certainly some days when one might think that I’ve gone off and left my brain at home, that’s not quite the same thing. Solomon is talking about a moral fool, one who sets himself up as the highest moral authority in life and is not interested in what God has to say.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be really smart to be wise in God’s eyes—you just have to know his will and do it.

That’s something to think about.

Published by Rob

I teach, therefore I am.

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