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Project Proverbs 365: A Fool’s Errand

Welcome to Proverbs 365! This blogging project is my attempt to read one chapter of Proverbs daily and then share a piece of wisdom or lesson learned from within that daily chapter. Proverbs are God’s version of daily Best Practices: they help us through good times and bad. When life becomes stressful, Proverbs are there to help us make better choices. Feel free to join me in Proverbs 365–either on your blog or by leaving your daily Proverbs lesson in the comments below!

Proverbs 26

7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.
9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

God wastes no words, and he rarely repeats himself. When he does, he wants us to pay attention. And in today’s Proverb, God is very clear: It is a fool’s game to try to reason or argue with a fool.

A fool knows everything already. A fool has all the answers, he is always right, even when he is wrong. He will never give in, never care, never take responsibility. He will never give you the satisfaction of winning the argument. Even if he knows you are right, you will never win.

Honoring a fool is unwise as well, for no matter how high you set this pedestal, no matter how much help or support you give, he will sink like a stone.  Why? Because he will not turn from his foolish ways. It is like the lottery winner who is bankrupt within the year–money does not solve the issue at the heart of the matter.

Even the best wisdom and Proverbs are pointless when given to a fool. A fool isn’t poorly educated. A fool is someone who can have the best education in their grasp yet choose to ignore it all, in favor of what makes them feel good in the moment.

God is clear–don’t mess with the fool. Don’t argue with them, don’t honor them, don’t try to reason with them or give them the best knowledge you have.  It is wasted, as they will continue on their merry little way–foolishly blaming everyone around them for everything that goes wrong, instead of looking at themselves.



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