Stop Playing the Fool and Feeling Down
Proverbs 18:2. From God perspective, we are fools when we are not in relationship with him. It is when we realize that we are at odds with God that we start feeling down about our foolishness. One definition of a fool is “a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid”. At one time or another all of us have deceived ourselves into thinking that we were something that we are not. This is especially true in our relationship with God.
This foolishness that separates us from God started with Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve broke relationship with God by disobeying God. This was a sin. When they ate of the fruit of the tree, Adam and Eve with a little help from devil started to deceive themselves that they could decide what was right and what was wrong. This was self-deception. They deceived themselves that they could be like God. This was foolishness. They sinned and broke relationship with God. For many of us, this same foolishness continues today.
Proverbs 18:2 says, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” A fool takes no delight in understanding that they are a fool. No one wants to feel bad, even a fool. This is why many of us continue in our foolishness, in our sin. We do not desire to feel bad so we avoid the truth. We desire to stay ignorant of our sin because otherwise we would have to change our sinful and foolish ways.
The good news for a fool, a sinner, is that feeling down about your foolishness is the first step to being reconciled back to God. Through Jesus Christ we have a way to repent and re-establish our relationship with God. Through Christ we can have a new heart that seeks after truth and understanding. We are no longer fools that need to dodge the truth. We can delight in understanding the things of God. We do not need to feel down any longer. Through Christ we have the power to stop being foolish and sin no more.
PROVERBS 18 BIBLE SCRIPTURE Proverbs 18:2, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”