Solomon has a fair amount to say about fools, so I thought that on this "April Fools Day" we should reflect on some of these words. He actually mentions 'fools' over 70 times in the book of Proverbs, eleven of which appear in Proverbs 26 alone.
"Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!" - Proverbs 26:1
"Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool." - Proverbs 26:8
"Pound on a fool all you like—
you can’t pound out foolishness." - Proverbs 27:22 (Message)
It seems that our world is not short on foolish people - we see them at every turn. However, best we reflect on our own lives before other people refer to us as being 'foolish'. There is a thin line between farce and honour.
I leave the last thoughts on foolishness to Paul. This is what he had to say to the church in Corinth.
- "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18
Living in Grace