Fools….

There are a LOT of verses about fools in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments! Wonder why? Even Adam and Eve, father and mother of all humanity, acted foolishly with their free will. Rather that walking with, and listening to, their Creator GOD, they foolishly chose to listen to the serpent, who represented Satan. Fools, and it has passed down from generation to generation through the eons, to today. While they could have chosen contentment with dwelling in a breathtakingly beautiful setting and walked with God daily…. with GOD, people! Actually physically present, supremely approachable, the LORD of the existence…… they chose to leave God’s beauty for a promise from a serpent??? Their punishment has become ours:

“Then {The LORD} said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you…. And to the man He said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.” – Genesis 3:16‭-‬17 NLT

Wow. And so it goes…..

King Solomon wrote poetry and prose, and there is much about fools and foolish behavior in his writings. Some examples from the book of Proverbs follow:

“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” – Proverbs 13:20 NLT

“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” – Proverbs 12:15 NLT

“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” – Proverbs 18:2 NLT

We have all been fools, or foolish, in our lives, JESUS being the only exception in the history of mankind. Oh, I sympathize with you! Much of my life has been spent under the categorization of a fool. I associated, by my choice, with people who made consistently unhealthy choices. Not surprisingly, we got into trouble. Lots of trouble. We thought we were right. Our way was the way, and we made sure our opinions were loudly voiced. We didn’t listen to anyone we disagreed with. We didn’t need to, because we were right. It has taken years of turmoil and heartache for me to understand that I am not always right on every subject. I’m trying to do better at picking people to spend my time with, although I will be the first to admit that my ‘picker’ is broken! I have learned – no, that’s wrong. I am learning to let go and let God do the picking.

Okay, so my sympathy only goes so deep. When someone continues to make poor choices (ooh, me me me!!) in their friends and in their decisions for life, when they KNOW that they are doing it and they KNOW the cure, well, I get very impatient with that person. (Yes, I get very impatient with myself!) I don’t think the LORD sympathizes, but I know He understands. He offers Redemption, and Salvation; Healing and the best friendship ever, because He has experienced temptation. He has Compassion and He knows our realities. There is nothing we are faced with where He can’t help us. If we remain fools; if we continue our foolish behavior, we are skirting disaster. I want to walk with Jesus. I crave His Presence in my life. While with Him, while I am spending time with Him, will I continue making foolish decisions? Probably. I’m still human, I’m imperfect, and I’m very opinionated. Where do uou stand? Are you still hanging out with fools?

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