Worse Than A Fool

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The bible has a lot to say about the fool (and none of it good).  The fool says there is no God (Psalm 14:1), he hates knowledge (Proverbs 1:22), his inheritance is disgrace (Proverbs 3:35), he is careless and reckless (Proverbs 14:16), he is like a dog returning to its vomit (Proverbs 26:11), and he flaunts his folly for all to see (Proverbs 13:16).

Yet, for all that scripture has to say about the fool, there is one who is worse off.

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him. -- Proverbs 26:12
For all that the fool has stacked against him, he has more hope than this man. What is it about this self proclaimed wise man that makes him so hopeless?

Pride.

This man has looked at himself and declared that he has attained wisdom.  He has surveyed his own knowledge and life experiences and has declared that he is wise.  He has elevated himself to the status of sage.

He has succumbed to the sin of pride.

What makes this man so hopeless that even the fool is better off is that God sets Himself against the proud (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).  To the humble He gives grace, which is our only hope of redemption.  The truth is that the man spoken of in Proverbs 26:12 is actually a fool.  He is just a fool who thinks himself wise. Until he comes to recognize the truth of who he is, he is without hope.

This is true of all of us.  Until the grace of God through the gospel opens our eyes to the fact that we are all fools before God, we are without hope.  Only when, through God's grace, we realize our own foolishness and sinfulness can there be redemption.

The good news is that when we realize just how foolish we really are, then there is a chance that we will attain true wisdom, for true wisdom, the wisdom of God, only comes through the gospel. The wisdom of God is Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 1:24).

Are you one who thinks himself wise?  If so, then you are worse off than the fool who says there is no God.

Are have you been humbled by the cross of Christ and received His grace?  If so, you have received the the very wisdom of God Himself, Christ Jesus.