Everybody Plays The Fool: Part 3

09/26/2012 19:57
Today we journey into part three of the “Everybody Plays the Fool” series. We have already learned that biblical fools don’t believe in God and despise wisdom and instruction.
A person who trusts in their own heart is another type of biblical fool. Now, I think of lot of us have been guilty of portraying the characteristics of this type of fool. Instead of putting all our trust in God, we put our trust in our own abilities to make things happen in our lives. And when we do....we exhibit the qualities of a fool.
Proverbs 28:26 says, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool.” This type of fool believes that everything that happens in his or her life is a direct result of their own actions and control. They try to totally alienate or disregarded God’s presence,  intervention,  and control  in their lives.

Here are some characteristics of this type of fool:
  • “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
  • “A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.” Proverbs 14:16
  • “A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one.” Ecclesiastes 10:2

Unlike this type of fool, we as Christians know to put all our trust in God and not in our own hearts. The Word tells us in Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  So put your trust in God, not in your own heart!
Now many of us (sadly) have exemplified the traits of this next biblical fool. According to the Word, a person who has a quick temper and does not know how to control his or her anger is considered a fool. Proverbs 29:1 says, “Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.”
A fool has no self-control.  They “snap”, “click” or “go off in the deep end” before they even realize what they said or did. We have lost our temper. When our tempers flare, we say and do stupid and foolish things. King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 14:7, “A quick-tempered man acts foolishly.” When we lose our cool and click, we usually end up looking and acting like a fool.  
Here are some traits of this type of fool:
  • “A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.” Proverbs 12:16
  •  “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.” Proverbs 18:6
  • “The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.” Proverbs 18:7                                          
We all have said and done things we have later regretted. We have all lost our temper. I have played this fool too many times and just thinking about some of those times make me feel ashamed and stupid. I know better. You know better. We know better. So let’s do better.

Today I encourage you to put your full trust in the Lord and learn how to control your temper. I encourage you to read 2 Kings 5 and learn about Naaman, a fool that trusted in his own heart instead of the Lord. Also, read Exodus 32-34 and learn about how Moses lost his temper and how God punished him. Both will encourage you to put your trust in the Lord and  learn how to control your temper.Tomorrow will discuss the fool who takes pleasure in sinning and how the bible tells us how deal with fools.

Today’s Scripture: “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” Proverbs 14:29