Thursday, November 19, 2009

Proverbs, chapter 26

This chapter in Proverbs speaks a lot about being a fool. There are warnings here against being both foolish and lazy, but the foolishness is not rooted in ignorance. Sure, sometimes we simply don’t know enough about a situation to do anything, but other times foolishness comes from a lack of humility.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him. – Proverbs 26:12

I have spoken often about humility since I started this blog. It is important to always remember that our own knowledge is limited. We must therefore act within those limitations. This involves a submission before God that we are not all-knowing and all-powerful. Once we acknowledge that we have limitations God can open our minds for the true wisdom he has in store for us.

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit. – Proverbs 26:24

This simple proverb is a warning that people can hide what they truly think with the words they say. Words can be a blessing. They can provide comfort to those who need it, but they can also provide deceit. If we build ourselves up with false words only ruin will await. Building ourselves up through words instead of through true wisdom provided by God is a sure way to fail.

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