To be a fool or not to be …

April Fools day is celebrated in most parts of the world on the 1st of April and during this day people play practical jokes and pranks on their family members and friends. On this April Fool’s day, what is it that we can learn from the Bible, which is not a practical prank or a joke, by any stretch of our imagination.

Proverbs 28:26 states that those who trust in their own insight (heart or themselves) are fools, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe. In this verse are hidden a few treasures for us to uncover.

First, we ought not to trust in ourselves and/or our insight, but we ought to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding, lest we be deemed fools (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Second, we need to walk in wisdom and since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), we ought to walk in the fear of the Lord, keeping his commandments, for that is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13), lest we be deemed fools.
Third, if you notice carefully, the antonym for the word ‘fool’ according to this verse is not ‘wise’ but instead ‘safe’ is used as an opposite to being a fool. In other words, fools destroy themselves (Proverbs 1:32) and their companions (Proverbs 13:20), but those who walk in the fear of the Lord have nothing to fear at all, for they are safe – no harm shall befall them (Psalm 91:10).

Points to ponder:
Do you trust in yourself or do you trust in the Lord God? Are you a fool … to be a fool or not to be? … is the question.

Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)
26. Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.


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