Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Do not speak to a fool,
for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
(Proverbs 23:9 (NIV))
What do you think of when you hear the word fool? Do you think of someone who goes against accepted knowledge and common sense? Perhaps you think of the court jester type of character. Do you have your own ideas as to what makes a person a fool?
Have you ever met someone who could be considered a fool?
Have you ever attempted to have a conversation with someone who could be considered a fool?
If you stop to think about it, by society’s standards, we can all claim to have played the fool at some point in our lives. We have all done things that have made us look foolish in our own eyes and in the eyes of our family and friends.
The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
(Psalms 14:1 (NIV))
I find it rather amusing that God says you are a fool if you claim that He doesn’t exist, while today’s society claims that you are a fool if you claim that He does exist! I don’t care what society may think of me, I don’t want to have God look at me and call me a fool. Jesus told us what to do when we meet people like this.
And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”
(Mark 6:11 (NIV))
Sadly, we will all encounter people who will play the ultimate fool to the bitter end. Pray for them anyway. Don’t try to win them with your words. Pray that their hearts will be softened and wisdom will be given to them, after all, we are never told that God cannot reach them!