Proverbs 26: King James Bible
By the Hand of a Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 6
6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – By the Hand of a Fool
There are many verses that we are going to go through that have to do with the fool; eight to be exact, and we’ve already tackled a few of them. Being the book of Proverbs this shouldn’t be a surprise, as the fool is mentioned about 36 times throughout the chapters.
Though the fool is mentioned quite a bit, it is rare that verses wind up addressing the fool. In other words, most of these verses are meant to instruct God fearing believers, to either avoid becoming the fool, or warnings about getting tangled up in the mess a fool has a tendency to create.
The verse above might appear to be about the damage caused by a fool, but it isn’t. The fool isn’t the focus of the scripture at all. Instead, the light is being directed toward the sender. This is an honest case of “don’t blame the messenger.”
I’ve told you how often the Lord brings up the fool in the book of Proverbs. But from cover to cover, the word “fool” is brought up around 64 times. Knowing how often the Lord gives us warning and/or instruction concerning just this one subject (being the fool), I’d like to raise a question.
Who is at fault in the verse above? Is it the fool who somehow botched up the messenger job, or is it the sender by trusting in a fool? Considering all of the warning the Lord provides, the one who is at fault would be the sender.
The fool is simply doing his thing, but the one who sent him is the one who is going to suffer for it. Also take note, that the message is being placed in the hand of the fool, not by mouth. All he needed to do was make a delivery, and didn’t have to say anything at all.
Between point “A” and point “B,” something is going to happen to that message, or the fool is going to find a way to botch things up between you and the recipient somehow. The end result is your harm. But it didn’t have to be that way, and wouldn’t have if you were more mindful of what the Lord has to say about things.
How often do we know what to do and fail to do it? Or choose to do what we know we shouldn’t do? Even worse, how often do we blame the messenger when we’re the ones that chose the fool in the first place? People hate to be blamed for things, but when we make bad decisions we are the ones who will suffer for it in the end.
There are so many real world examples of how smart people might have been lazy as it relates to using wisdom, understanding, and applying it knowledgeably.
Not looking into someone’s payment history when renting out a building could be one. Not checking out an application for an important position. Going to just any doctor to get something done, without knowing their history. Buying a used car without a test drive and a knowledgeable look through. On and on and on I could go with examples similar to these.
But when it comes to things that pertain to the way the Lord wants us to be, do we use the same kind of diligence that most people use on the worldly kinds of things above? Do we perform a quick heart search for anything that the Lord has written on our hearts through studying the Word, when we’re faced with making decisions?
If the sender had foreknowledge of what would happen by sending a fool to deliver his message, would he have sent him anyway?
Would you have?
Or would you have made sure to take the Lord’s advice concerning the matter?
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 5: King James Bible
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5: King James Bible
32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Romans 2: King James Bible
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Romans 6: King James Bible
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Thank you for how thorough your warnings are, and for the care that you’ve placed in your Word to help us avoid causing harm to ourselves or others. Guide us through every decision and renew our hearts and minds to to the point where every decision we make is filtered through your Word. All so that we may be better servants, children, and ambassadors in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you suffered harm by the hand of a fool because you didn’t consult the Lord or his Word?
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