Proverbs 1:20-33 | Forsaking Foolishness

by | Apr 16, 2021

READ Proverbs 1:20-33

How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:22)

Proverbs talks about fools a lot. And as you read through the book, you gradually get Solomon’s definition of a fool: someone who lives in opposition to God and the order of the universe he’s created.

There’s a certain way the universe works. You can try to go against the laws of biology and nutrition—eat Leonard’s malasadas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day—but you’re not going to last very long. If you go against the order of the universe, eventually your body will go out of order. God designed our bodies in a way that we need certain nutrients or we can’t survive.

You can try to go against the laws of traffic, and drive however you want. Drift in and out of lanes. Blow through red lights. Do 95 in a 35 just because you feel like it. But God ordered our society in a way where we need rules and regulations to get along with each other and protect ourselves. If you go against that order, then eventually your face will go out of order—either from a light pole, or from the guy you just cut off on Nimitz.

But God makes a promise in the next verse: “If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.” (1:23). When we turn from our self-dependent foolishness, God promises to be with us, guide us, help us, and sustain us through the messiness of life. You don’t need to be perfect to walk with God, just responsive.

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