Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Foolish Advice – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses 7-9
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. 9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Foolish Advice
The three verses above draw a line between the fool and the prudent righteous. There’s a lot being said in these three verses, and we’ve touched on many of the obvious meanings in previous devotionals. Here, we’re going to try and focus on dealing with, or taking advice from, the foolish.
I’ve dealt with foolish people. I’ve been my share of foolish myself in the past. There are deeper reasons that the Lord would have us avoid foolish people, and more importantly, discerning between foolish advice and sound wisdom.
First reason would be, that a Biblically foolish person thinks nothing about incorporating any kind of sin as is convenient. If sin is required as a means to an end, then it’s water under the bridge. It’s not always up front, but it’ll be tucked in there, much as the world at large tucks some form of sin into what it wants from us.
Please allow me to give you an example, that immediately comes to mind…
Several years ago, someone came to me with a business proposal. We talked about it for about an hour or so, but my mind was made up within the first fifteen minutes, because after building up what kind of a great idea it was, he proceeded to inform me about how easy it would be to get away with not paying taxes here and there.
By the time this guy was done, I told him there’s no way I’m going to consider doing any kind of business with him, if he can’t even propose an idea without including some form of wrong doing. Probably one of my wisest decisions come to find out.
That is the kind of thing I mean, when saying there’s some kind of sin tucked into foolish advice or worldly guidance. When the Lord isn’t taken into account, nor his will, sin is an easy means to an end on the surface. Biblically speaking, isn’t refusing or rejecting the wisdom of God one of the major characteristics of a fool in the first place?
It is far better, to get sound wisdom and council, from someone who knows their Bible. But there are times, where someone who’s salvation might be a mystery to you, offering some sort of advice. If that were to happen, as I’m sure it does to all of us, do you know the Word of God well enough, to discern whether or not a suggestion might be against the will of the Lord?
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 1: King James Bible
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
Thank you for your wisdom, understanding, and your insight. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, that grants aid to help us to understand, the deeper things of you. Open up within all of us, spiritual discernment, so that we may not fall prey to foolishness, foolish ideas, suggestions, and worldly counsel. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever fallen victim of foolish advice?