• causes chaos (v 8 ) • is angry and rude in a disagreement (v 9) • hates the upright (v 10) • has no control over passions/emotions (v 11)
We have all, no doubt, been in the presence of such a person. Or, most likely, have been that person at some point in our lives.
BUT – what stood out to me was not the ways of the foolish. It was that there is more hope for the fool – the chaos creating, rude, hateful, let it all hang out person – than for the man hasty with his words (v 20).
Self control is a fruit of the Spirit. We need self control:
with our emotions (v 11)
with our words (v 20)
specifically with our anger (v 22)
Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19).
• always running • bring inconsistency • praise wickedness • do not understand justice • crooked in his ways • companion of gluttons • benefits financially from the poverty of others • misleads the upright • conceals his own transgressions • hardens his heart • greedy • ignores the poor
• stand boldly • bring stability • fight wickedness • understand justice completely • walk with integrity • keep the law • generous to the poor • blameless • confesses and repents • fears the Lord • trusts the Lord • gives to the poor
I love a good side-by-side chart. Which of these pairings of traits made you stop and think?
This feels like the Mondayest Tuesday ever – with the clouds and chill in the air. But we press on, right? When our hearts are a little wounded and our spirits are a little weary – we can bring it to the Lord and be welcomed into his presence.
It’s all I know to do really. I echo the words of Peter. “Where else would we go” (John 6:68)?
Proverbs 27:7 has been a favorite verse of mine for quite some time.
“One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.”
When we go out into the day hungry – we lack wisdom and discernment. We aren’t as able to distinguish bitter from sweet.
👉 We need to be filled with the Word so that we aren’t fooled by the World.
HOW CAN WE BE FOOLED?
We can fool ourselves (v 1-2).
When we aren’t filled with the Word – we can become prideful. We can be tempted to boast about ourselves and our accomplishments forgetting that it is all because of the Lord at work in us and in our lives.
We can be fooled by others (v 19).
Without the wisdom of the Word in us – we can be fooled by the appearances of others. We fail to recognize the lack of spiritual fruit.