Mr. T sure did have a lot to say about fools! Do you know who the originator of pitying fools is? That’s right…God Almighty! He’s been telling us about the foolish and their ways since the beginning! There is a lot we can learn from a fool…mostly how not to act! If we are honest we can all confess to acting and talking foolish from time to time.We all have that “inner fool” that we need to tell “shut up!” The Bible tells us in Proverbs 8:5, “You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.”
Here are 4 reasons why we need to “pity the fool”:
1. The Fool Talks Too Much
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;(Proverbs 1:32)
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.(Proverbs 10:13-14)
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.(Proverbs 12:23)
Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.(Proverbs 14:7)
2. The Fool Explodes Too Quickly
A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.(Proverbs 12:16)
A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.(Proverbs 14:16)
It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.(Proverbs 20:3)
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.(Proverbs 29:11)
3. The Fool Ignores Instruction
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.(Proverbs 18:2)
Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.(Proverbs 23:9)
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.(Proverbs 26:11)
4. The Fool Trusts in His or Herself.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.(Proverbs 26:12 )
He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.(Proverbs 28:26)
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
I’m sure we all have been guilty of acting foolish. However, God wants us to pursue wisdom. He wants us to follow His lead. We need to tell the inner fool to “Shut up!”
I pray that we wouldn’t be pitied because of our foolishness.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7).