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January 22, 2016

Text: “Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?…For the foolishness of God is wiser that men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” I Corinthians 1:20, 25

G.K. Chesterton was a Roman Catholic writer. He was born and lived in England, but his writings have been celebrated all over the world. The following quotation may strike a chord with you.

His soul will never starve for exploits or excitements who is wise enough to be made a fool of.  He will make      himself  happy in the traps that have been laid for him; he will roll in their nets and sleep. All doors will fall open to him who has a mildness more defiant than mere courage. The whole is unerringly expressed in one unfortunate phrase — he will be always taken in.”

This quote may be taken as a bit of drollery, nevertheless it is absolutely true!  There will always be folk who act foolishly. They disdain the wisdom of God and live according to their own folly. We all “play the fool” at times. You probably must agree that you have attempted a foolish scheme or action at the expense of your dignity and/or intelligence. Sign on to the internet (primarily YouTube), and will find myriads of “fails” of people attempting stunts better not to be undertaken. You will be reminded of some of your own boners.

But foolishness is not only dangerous, it can be deadly to your soul! Decisions of this life must be directed by God’s revelation. “Trust in the Lord  with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 God does not make us fools, we are able to accomplish that all on our own! It’s easy to be a fool, but it takes an effort to be wise and act prudently.

A fool behaves as if he were too big to need God! It is not difficult in life for one to “get too big for his britches.” “‘The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”‘ Psalms 14:1a  He turns away the path of obedience to the Lord and says he will make it on his own through this life. He needs a resizing of himself. “Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16c Go ahead and recognize that you need God’s instruction so as not to mess up your life.

A fool adopts foolish ambitions. The ambitions of mankind are innumerable and far flung. Their desires are to experience anything and everything: power, money, sensuality, leisure, lust, on and on ad infinitum. In the book of Ecclesiastes the wise man Solomon relates everything that he had tasted trying to find satisfaction. His conclusion was: “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14 Rake it all up in a pile and what would it amount to? Nothing! Zero! Nada! Bupkes! This changed Solomon’s mind. Finally he wrote, “The end  of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes  12:13

A fool is too naïve to recognize Satan’s seductions.  Have you ever stepped into one of Satan’s seemingly harmless little enticements? Indeed you have! Once you found out it’s true consequences, did it seem worth it? You must have had blinders on! You had been flim-flammed, deceived, mesmerized. You found yourself to be a fool! Your naivete was showing!  One does not play with charcoal without getting his hands black. That is a warning about your next encounter with temptation.  ” Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 

 So here is a word to the wise. “Buy the truth and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23






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