Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Wasted Words – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 9
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Wasted Words
There are several good reasons why this verse rings true, and why it is something that needs to be followed closely by all of us who are Christ’s. Ironically, for those of us who feel compelled or called to preach or otherwise spread the gospel throughout all creation, this may feel counter intuitive.
First, let’s remind ourselves what a fool is biblically speaking. A fool according to the Word of God, is someone who says in their heart that there is no God. They don’t simply disbelieve, but are adamant about there being no God to have to answer to.
These are not the folks who will listen to what you have to say. These are the ones who will ask you a question (for example) and not listen to your answer, because they’ve already got their version prepared as to why you’re wrong.
Your best intentions will not sway them, and the end result are your wasted words falling onto deaf ears. In past devotionals we’ve discussed this, and I’ve brought up all of the effort I’d waste, trying to sway those who believe that they were much smarter than the Lord. It is a fruitless venture, and an enormous waste of time and energy.
Sometimes, when a believer makes an attempt to “put their pearls before swine” so to speak, the believer walks away wounded by it, and the fool walks away beating his chest. If a believer is a baby Christian, or weak in faith, it can even cause harm to the believer’s outlook on the Lord.
And that is the purpose that resides in the heart of a fool, to cause doubt or to sway to his side of things, rather than ask questions to see what you’ve got to say. They are stuck in a conundrum of trying to convince you against a God that they don’t believe exists, in whom they are most offended.
Wasted words, wasted breath, wasted effort, wasted energy, and at the end of the day a believer might get so frustrated that they wind up saying things that they shouldn’t. Another small victory in the eyes of a fool.
All of this isn’t to say that there’s no hope for a fool. We need to discern what season it is. Is it truly a season to contend with a fool? Or instead, could it be the season to zip it, and pray on his behalf. Prayers that the Holy Ghost would intervene and cause for this person to hear and see the truth before it is too late.
Prayers that the Lord would lead him into situations where he would have no one else to turn to but him. That may seem harsh, but isn’t an eternity in the Lake of Fire just a few levels worse than the Lord driving him into a place of submission?
The Holy Ghost will do a much better job contending with the heart of a fool, and will cause for things to hit home in ways that is impossible for us. With his involvement, there might just be a day when the fool comes with questions whose answers his heart is prepared to entertain.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’d believe you or call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. But at least they’ll receive your words and weigh them, rather than wasted words that hit blocked ears. Never forget the places that the Lord has lifted us from. The best of us before knowing the Lord, may have been the worst of fools.
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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
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.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Thank you for your advice, as to how not to contend with a fool. We are surrounded by people who need you Lord. Help us to discern who is the fool at heart, who is bent on denying you. Please give us insight through the Holy Ghost, how we need to handle these folks when we come across them, and alse how and what to pray for them, so that we are more effective on your behalf. We know that your will is that none should perish. Help us to fulfill your will as wisely asis possible. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever experienced wasted words against the ears of a fool?
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