When I am my own fool

One doesn’t need to get very far into the book of Proverbs to see the writer’s emphasis on the contrast between wisdom and foolishness. Transparency alert: When reading through Proverbs, the temptation for a Bible College/Seminary professor (at least this one!) is to see this student or that student playing the part of the fool … you know, a contemporary example of the proverb under consideration.

A better approach to Bible study is to let the text correct oneself long before it is read to correct others. When reading Proverbs, I should be asking questions like: In the situation described here, am I wise or foolish? How does the text describe my own actions or thoughts?

Today, the text reminded me of my own error of seeing others in the text before seeing myself.

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5 ESV)

Reading the text and immediately seeing how others are the fool before considering my own heart and actions demonstrates a foolish arrogance that doesn’t please the Lord.

Sometimes, I’m my own fool.

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