Proverbs 10: King James Bible
Sport to a Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter ten, Verses 23-25
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Sport to a Fool
Above, we can see a few familiar ideas that we’ve touched on in past devotions. However, as a former menace to society as a youth, I can relate and understand the first verse, where it says that it as sport to a fool to do mischief.
That piece of scripture isn’t only dead on accurate, but it is important for everyone to understand. Why? Because we are surrounded by mischief day and night. Take a look at the mischief that goes on in the news, or peppered all over the internet.
Having an understanding why it’s as sport, is important for us. As ambassadors of Christ Jesus himself, we should know what’s going on in the mind of our spiritually adversarial counterparts. What ambassador goes into a country, sent by the leader he represents, without knowing what’s going on in the hosting country’s mindset?
The understanding is two fold.
There is a fleshly pleasure when someone goes out to do something in secret, or does something that runs a risk of being caught. There’s an adrenaline rush, similar to cliff diving, or things of that nature. Cheating death, arrest, or otherwise getting caught, while pulling off something stupid gives the person a feeling of an odd fulfillment.
Let’s face it folks, the flesh’s idea of fun is rarely in the neighborhood of righteousness. It’s most often headed in the other direction.
Separate from Christ Jesus, our nature is fallen. Without Christ Jesus, we’re spiritually dead. Being spiritually dead, there are a host of demonic forces out there, that can easily influence spiritually dead people to go off and do stupid things.
These entities are experts in utilizing the fallen nature of man, convincing people unwittingly, to carry out their pleasures and lusts in one way or the other. In doing so, they drive people away from the Lord all the more, and will continue doing so till a person’s death.
It’s all a matter of conditioning and influencing. What someone may have thought stupid to do one day, may be influenced in one way or the other through time, that what was once thought to be stupid, is now desirable.
We’ve all got free will, but how effective is our own free will, when our will has been shaped by unseen hands, bowing and bending to the tune of wickedness? I strongly believe, that this is an area, that the Father gets little to no credit. The damage that could be done, to even the most bitter sinner, is limited because of the laws that the Father has put into place.
His love for us shields even those who hate him, from full unbridled, spiritual manipulation. There is always a way of escape, even for those who are so possessed, that their form has begun to take a similitude to their demonic hosts. (Sounds nuts but I’ve heard several accounts from excellent sources of this happening)
Between the flesh’s fallen nature and negative spiritual influences, the desire, drive, and will, to do mischief is sport. This is a fool that we’re talking about.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but a fool in his heart says there is no God. Nothing ends well for the fool. Over and over the Father has given us examples of how much better it is doing things his way, over the foolishness of this world.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Peter 2: King James Bible
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbade the madness of the prophet.
Help us to keep free from the foolish ways of the flesh. We take up, and put on the nature of your dear Son, who has caused for us to be alive in him, and dead to the flesh. Help us to work properly, winning over those who find is as sport to cause mischief, and may their eyes be open to your truth. May any demonic influences be wiped away from their being, and should they be faced with a choice between you and the world, may the way be clear in order for them to make their decision. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you have any experience in the “sport to a fool” department? Or is it just me?