Everybody Plays The Fool

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In 1971 the band Main Ingredient sang a hit song with the lyrics “Everybody plays the fool, sometime… There’s no exception to the rule”. Who hasn’t acted like a fool at times? Think about all the silly decisions we make falling in love. I have said things I wish I could get back. I have acted without thinking of the consequences. I have made light of making amends for sin. I have been quick and hot tempered. I have acted out of insecure feelings instead of a humble confidence in God’s acceptance. Wise king Solomon put together a series of couplets (pairings and contrasting sayings) in Proverbs 14 comparing foolishness and wisdom. When we are wise it leads to wealth and a crown… but oh, the downside of foolishness. Let’s walk with the wise today!

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down v1; A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them v3; The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception v8; Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright v9; The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure v16; A quick-tempered person does foolish things, and the one who devises evil schemes is hated v17; The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly v24; Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known v33.

What foolishness accompanies my way right now? How would God have me apply wisdom in its place?

God, as this day begins- I marvel at Your grace. You’ve forgiven so much and overlooked my foolishness. Would you again, today, replace it with wisdom from above that is peaceful, insightful, and glorifying of Your Name. I don’t want to act like a fool, but reflect the character of Christ. Thank you that at the end of this day is a beautiful wedding ceremony for Adrianna and Jonathan. May they be overflowing with joy as they are joined in marriage.

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