By Timothy Jerry
Proverbs 27:22 (NLT) You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
The book of Proverbs has a great deal to say about the behaviors and character traits of foolish people. A fool from a biblical perspective is someone who is devoid of moral restraint and the knowledge and understanding that comes from the reverence of God.
This really has very little to do with intelligence. There are many very brilliant people in this world who are actually educated fools. Some have great intellect but believe incredibly foolish things that are completely void of God’s wisdom. These people are what the Bible refers to as worldly wise.
1 Corinthian 1:20 (AMPC) Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom?
God is not impressed with man’s wisdom because no matter how brilliant people imagine themselves to be, they are nothing apart from God. When we consider the vast expanse of the universe then the microcosm that is so small that it can only be seen when viewed through a powerful microscope, we should stand in awe of the glory and brilliance of God!
Yet the fool in his folly blunders on in willful ignorance of God and His wisdom, trusting in his own limited understanding of the world in which he lives.
Until a fool is willing to turn from their folly, acknowledge God, humble themselves and repent of their stubborn pride, they will never depart from their foolishness.
1 Corinthians 1:21 (AMPC) For when the world with all its earthly wisdom failed to perceive and recognize and know God by means of its own philosophy, God in His wisdom was pleased through the foolishness of preaching [salvation, procured by Christ and to be had through Him], to save those who believed (who clung to and trusted in and relied on Him).
One of the most troublesome characteristics of a foolish people is that they refuse to learn from their mistakes and failures. Instead, they blunder on in the darkness rejecting the wisdom of God.
Romans 1:21-22 (NLT) For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
Just look around the world and you will see this world’s brilliant thinkers trying to solve every sort of problem in their own strength and understanding. Yet no matter what man made solutions the world comes up with it either creates even more problems or fails miserably.
This is because we were never intended to live apart from God and His ways. We can educate people and they just become smart criminals who know how to get around the system. This is because at the root of every problem this world faces is a moral issue that can only be remedied by God and His wisdom. Yet the stubborn rebellion within the heart of the fool refuses to acknowledge this, so they ignorantly blunder along like a man stumbling in the darkness.
Just look at the contrast between the path of the righteous who are following after God as compared to the blindness of this world.
Proverbs 4:18-19 (NLT) The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
Only God and His transforming life through the power of His word and the Holy Spirit can remove the foolishness from the heart of a fool.