Fools and the Proud

From December 14, 2020 – Tuesday Afternoon/Evening

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.” ~Proverbs 26:12

This passage is not meant as a compliment to fools; it comes at the end of a 10-verse diatribe against them. In fact, in 11 out of the first 12 verses of Proverbs 26, fools are repeatedly reduced to dust and compared to disgusting word pictures. To be a fool is to live in utter disregard for wisdom and to not care about the consequences of it. No, this passage is not a compliment to fools; rather, it reveals just how sorry the state of the proud really is. Even the foolish fool ranks higher than the man who esteems himself as wise!

The fool, after many hard-knocks, may recognize how desperate his situation is, but the proud will never see until he stops being proud. The fool brings trouble on to his own head, but the proud can’t even recognize the true source of the trouble because it is always someone else’s fault. A fool and a proud person are both in need of grace, but the proud will never obtain it. Pride alienates us from the very thing that can cure it and protect us from it. Without some sort of intervention and change of heart, the proud is bound to extinction.

We are rapidly approaching Christmas. Christmas, fools, and the proud may not seem to have anything to do with each other, until we stop and think of how the God of the universe took on human form in the Incarnation in order to suffer and die for the fool and the proud alike… Christmas has everything to do with fools and the proud! It was for the foolish and the proud that Jesus died – not so that they would stay foolish and proud, but so that they might become wise and humble!

Let’s get real: Are you wise in your own eyes? Are you a fool who refuses to acknowledge the wisdom of God? If you and I disregard the input of God (and of others who love Him) and only seek our own way, we’re proud. If we ignore the warnings of God’s Word and go back to consume some more of the same old garbage of life, we’re fools. Unless we stop and cry out for the Lord Jesus to change our hearts, agreeing with Him that our own way is the way of death, we are doomed to continue down the path that we have been on.

Don’t be a fool and don’t be proud. There is hope in Christ and it is available to us TODAY. Won’t you join me in seeking His favor and mercy for our moment-by-moment journey? Will you be wise in His ways and humble with His grace?