By Ben May
God has a lot to say about fools and foolishness. In fact, some form
of the word “fool” is used 189 times in the King James Version of the
Bible. In our society, we have several expressions about being a
fool. One of them is “I’m nobodies fool”. None of us want to be
considered a fool or foolish. I invite you to consider some of the
things that God says that “any fool can do.”
God says that any fool can start a quarrel. “It is honorable for
a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” (Prov
20:3 NKJV) Which takes more strength of character, walking away from
an argument or starting one? It takes an honorable man to break the
cycle of strife and contention. Any fool can quarrel. “A fool’s mouth
is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” (Prov
18:7) Be a person of honor, not a fool.
Any fool can declare himself to be right. “The way of a fool is right
in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.” (Prov 12:15) If
we are our own standard of right and wrong, God says that we are
fools! Wasn’t this the problem that the children of Israel had during
the time of the Judges? “…everyone did what was right in his own
eyes.” (Judges 17:6) If you are wise, listen to God, not yourself.
Listen to others who love you. Any fool can go through life thinking
that he needs no one but himself. It takes a wise man to admit that
he needs good counsel.
Any fool can get in over his head! Have you ever known someone who
didn’t know when to admit that he didn’t know? You see, some things
are just too lofty (over the head) for a fool. “Wisdom is too lofty for a
fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.” (Prov 24:7) A fool does
not grasp the greatness of our Lord. “O Lord, how great are your works!
Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know, Nor
does a fool understand this.” (Psalms 92:5,6)
Any fool can make evil his past time. “To do evil is like sport to a
fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.” (Prov 10:23) Is this
not a sad commentary on the very society in which we live? One does
not have to look very far to realize that evil has become the past
time for many. Whether it be gambling, drinking, drugs, pornography,
fornication or just plain selfishness, our society has very little
understanding of God’s ways. How sad. Be a person of understanding.
Any fool can do evil.
Any fool can say that there is no God. “The fool has said in his
heart, There is no God.”…” (Psalm 14:1) How foolish it is to think
that we will escape the judgement of God. “Yet they say, the Lord
does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand. Understand you
senseless among the people; And you fools, when will you be wise?”
(Psalm 94:7,8) Many will face a “great awakening” but it will be
too late. Any fool can do as they please, ignore God, and think that
they answer to no one but themselves.
Remember Christians, we were once foolish. Thanks be to God we have
turned from that vain way of life. “For we ourselves were also once
foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures,
living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when
the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared…He
saved us…” (Titus 3:3-5) Any fool can reject Christ but if you
heed His call,you will indeed be wise. “but we preach Christ
crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks
foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1Cor 1:23,24) Don’t
be a fool! Accept God’s invitation, heed His counsel.