Proverbs 27: King James Bible
A Fools Wrath – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 3
3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Fools Wrath
What is it about a fool’s wrath that the Lord felt we needed to know about in the verse above? Why should we care? As we always do when the fool becomes a focus in these devotions, lets again remind ourselves that a fool is defined as one who is Godless.
The fool says in his heart there is no God (Psalm. 14:1, 53:1), and the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Psalm 111:10. Proverbs 1:7, 9:10). Having this in mind as it would relate to the fool, might open up some reasoning as to why the Lord wanted us to know about a fool’s wrath.
Right away from reading this verse, we can see that the weight of a fool’s wrath does one thing. It weighs down the one who harbors it. Anyone forced to carry a great wight never gets very far. How far can you go whilst carrying a 100 pound rock?
Using that as an example, think about everyday life carrying that weight. Those who are given to wrath are typically miserable people, whether we can see it or not. And that’s just regular old fashioned, plain old wrath.
A fool’s wrath is far heavier than regular run of the mill wrath, because the person harboring it has no temperance by the Lord. Someone who doesn’t believe in God Almighty at all, probably doesn’t think there’s anything after death. When the lights go out, that’s it.
That mindset leaves nothing to look forward to, neither does it give any reason to fear any kind of judgement. If there is no God, there’s no Judge. If there’s no Judge, then there’s no eternal consequence.
When we as believers feel enraged or full of wrath, we still know that the Lord is witnessing every move we make, and we also know that we’ll be held accountable for our actions and words. Also, we’ve got a newborn spirit within us rubbing elbows with the Holy Ghost, which might cause for us to not do whatever we please when wrath starts running through our veins.
Sure, just because we’re saved doesn’t mean that we won’t experience periods of wrath, and it also doesn’t mean that all of us are spiritually mature enough to subdue that wrath. But there is a difference no matter how you slice it.
A fool’s wrath is without any form of governor, nothing to stand in its way to kick it to the curb, until it is appeased somehow. There’s no Word of the Lord to come to mind, no newborn spirit, no Holy Ghost, no fear of the Lord, no thought or care of any consequences.
This doesn’t mean that everyone without the Lord will behave the same way, and that everyone that would fall under the “fool” category is even wrathful. But those who are carry a great burden to their souls.
A fool’s wrath is heavy on the heart, weighs heavily on the mind; brewing and churning until there is some sort of action taken to appease its appetites. It is just as heavy on the target of that wrath. Every sin under the sun can be committed under the reasoning of a fool’s wrath. Who’s around to care about it if there’s no God?
If you get a fool who doesn’t care about his temporal whereabouts as well as having no thought of his eternal whereabouts, What does it matter if you commit murder? The other person deserves it as far as a fool’s wrath is concerned. The target of this kind of mentality must suffer in a manner greater than the fool who has felt slighted.
That kind of sounds like the exact opposite of how the Lord has taught us to handle things, doesn’t it? So, this is the major reason that I believe the Lord uses, when he saw fit to include this verse into his Word.
So that we’d have an understanding of what is going on in the heart of a person; why the Godless folks who have capacity to be so wrathful, tend to be the biggest enemies of the people of the Lord. This insight gives us a target concerning matters of prayer for those who are lost.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Romans 12: King James Bible
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
James 1: King James Bible
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Thank you for your insight into the things that we can’t see for ourselves, and for including all of the treasures hidden in your Word. Please bring all of your saints that walk the face of this earth to not partake in a fool’s wrath, but behave as wisely as the measure of wisdom permits, as understandingly as the measure of understanding you’ve given permits, and as knowledgeably as your given knowledge permits. When our wrath begins to bubble up please stir into our remembrance your Word, given as a word in season, and may your Holy Spirit guide us through any prayers for our enemies to cancel out the wrath fo a fool that may intend to come against us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever been on the wrong end of a fool’s wrath?
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