Posted by: Larry Hoekman | May 27, 2016

Proverbs 26:1-6

Day 2379: Another Friday to TGIF – Thank God I’m Forgiven!!!  

Scripture:  Honor does not go with fools any more than snow in summer or rain in harvest.  Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.  Like a whip is for a horse or a halter for a donkey, so would a rod be for me if I behave like a fool.  I should not argue with fools according to their folly, or I will end up becoming as foolish as they are.  I should argue with fools as their folly deserves, or they will become wise in their own estimation.  If I were to trust a fool to send a message, it is as foolish as cutting off my feet or drinking poison.  Proverbs 26:1-6

Thoughts/questions:  So, who is this fool that Proverbs continues to reference?  In Psalms 14:1 and 53:1 is the statement, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.”  Therefore, we can conclude that the fool has made the decision to distrust God and put their trust in themselves thereby elevating themselves to becoming their own god.

Two things – 1) We should not be fools!  God is God and we are not!!!  When we drift from God, move from the path of wisdom, and live as if we know best, then we conduct ourselves foolishly.  Like the old TV show – ‘Father Knows Best’ – our Father God is so far greater than we are that there is no real comparison, yet sometimes we wrest His Lordship away and assume it ourselves.  Let us seek to not be foolish in this way!

2) We must be super careful in talking with those who distrust God.  Unless they are sincere in their desire to talk about our precious God, we have too much to lose to engage in that conversation.  In this case, it would we wise to follow Jesus’ examples in Mark when dealing with those who challenged Him – ask penetrating questions and keep the conversation short!

Suggested Prayer:  Most gracious and merciful God, You are God and I am not . . .

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