Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
So a curse without cause does not alight.
A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the back of fools.
Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes. Proverbs 26:1-5
There are foolish people all around. Sometimes its me. When we interact with those who are acting foolish- Solomon’s advice is so helpful. He says that we should not honor them. Remember when the city of Hollywood gave an award to a porn star? A bit foolish to honor her. Its not like she cured polio. Solomon also says that when someone curses you, don’t be so willing to take it to heart. I say, if someone calls you a donkey, dismiss it. If a second person calls you a donkey, consider it. If a third person calls you a donkey, buy a saddle! Otherwise, don’t let other people’s opinion mean too much. Lastly, use wisdom- sometimes you leave a fool without an answer because they don’t deserve one. Other times, seize the teachable moment and answer back with God’s wisdom. Not always easy to know the difference.
How am I interacting with fools in this season of my life? How often am I that foolish one?
God, as this day begins- I want to ask for wisdom from above so that I might live in a way that pleases You and builds others up in joy, love, and peace. Let’s do something great today together… at least one thing that makes a difference for eternity.