Wednesday, August 21, 2013

THE WAY OF A FOOL

The writer of Proverbs says that the opposite of wisdom is foolishness and the opposite of a wise person is a fool.

Today the word fool often means someone with low intelligence, but in biblical usage, fools may have a high I.Q. and a reputation for success.  What makes them fools is that they ignore God's wisdom, preferring to follow the shifting dictates of the crowd or their own fallible opinions.  While fools often consider themselves clever -- people who know how to beat the system -- their cleverness all too often leads to their ruin.  Their penchant for distorting the truth, their lack of discernment and discipline, their unwillingness to exhibit self-control and their apparent delight in throwing caution to the wind put them on a path to disaster.

-- Bill Hybels in Making Life Work: Putting God's Wisdom into Action


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