FOOLS, SLUGGARDS, GOSSIPS, DECEIVERS, LIARS! The book of Proverbs deals with some tough subjects and in Proverbs chapter 26 we really get an ear full concerning some of the worst people in the world and they all seem to be wrapped up in the word “fool.” Psalm 14:1 (NIV) says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” It is from this definition of a fool that all his actions seem to flow. The “fool” who has no regard for God or His principles of life demonstrates in his behavior just how foolish he is. God amply demonstrates this in Proverbs 26.
The fool is described as being “wise in his own eyes,” (v.5), unreliable (v.6,10), undiscerning (v.7), unworthy of honor (v.8), incapable of sharing wisdom (v.9), one who is constantly repeating the same old mistakes (v.11) and it appears utterly hopeless in helping them to change their ways (v.12). Once a person starts down the road of saying, “There is no God,” it is easy to see why their lifestyle and thinking could get so far off track. And this state of life seems to afflict the “simple” and/or the really “intelligent” in life. They just manifest in different ways the same old problems. And it appears in reading the remainder of Proverbs 26 that the fool is also described as one who may be a “sluggard” (lazy), a gossip, a deceiver, or a liar.
Now to say our society is overrun by “fools” would be an understatement since the reality is manifested all around us. And when I look at the political scene today I begin to wonder if a lot of people working in our three branches of government would not qualify for the title “fools.” And certainly we might want to examine our educational systems in the light of God’s Word. And you can carry on my thoughts from there and develop your own thinking as you remember, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Now I know there are wonderful and Godly people working in all the systems that comprise our world. And I know their work is difficult when they may be surrounded by “fools.” You may be one of those laboring in those circumstances. So we should lift those people up in prayer and ask God to use them and bless them in their work. My concern is that we have far too many Christians acting like “fools” in their conduct. Only God can really know the intent of someone’s heart. But the Scripture also reminds us that “even small children are known by their actions” (Proverbs 20:11 NIV). The marks of a fool should not be present in God’s people. Our walk in Christ should be reflected in our conduct, our thinking, our speech, and our actions toward others. May Jesus help us to never look and act like “fools.” “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him” (Colossians 2:6).