Acting the Fool

August 5th, 2018
By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor

 Proverbs 26:1-12

Do you recognize foolishness in yourself or those around you?  Solomon in Proverbs 26:1-12 warns us all, especially the younger generation (his son, Prov.1:8), to make the choice to flee from fools or acting like a fool, and run to God’s wisdom (Proverbs 8).

Mentioned over 70 times in Proverbs, “The fool” (also called the scoffer, the sluggard, the simple person, etc.) is the main anti-hero to wisdom. Using many one-liner wise sayings, Solomon teaches us about fools through one dimensional character traits that focus on how a fool operates, especially in Prov. 26:1-12.

Description of the Fool:

1. The fool does not learn…from advice, rebuke, or even consequences.

He/She CAN learn but WILL NOT because he thinks he knows it all by himself. Wisdom, however, learns from others, especially God.

2. The fool loves to talk….because he is all about himself. The fool blurts out whatever is on his mind, freely giving advice, and quick to show anger.

3. The fool in his self-centered life is headed for trouble, even ruin, & drags others along.

Four Truths about Dealing with Foolish People:

1. Fools attract pain as a way of life, especially painful consequences. Encouragement, advice, responsibility, honor do not work for the fool (Prov. 26:1-3).

2. Fools are tricky to talk to…Think twice before engaging a fool. When it comes to answering a fool, it is always a judgment call with no easy answer.  See contradictions in Prov. 26:4-5).

3. It is ineffective at least and costly at worst, to give a fool anything. Not only does a fool do things badly but he is likely to make it worse (Prov. 26:10).

4. Foolish people keep doing foolish things, and rarely change, e.g.: a dog rejects what its body and experience have taught it, and returns to its own vomit (Prov.26:11).

Three Applications for Life:

1. Count the cost before you connect or expose yourself to someone who is foolish.  

2. Count the cost before YOU do something foolish.  People will distance themselves from you as they do the fool.

3. Know that God LOVES the fool!   Jesus forbade His followers from actually calling someone a fool  (Mtt.5:22) because He knows all our foolish tendencies and reaches out to us in mercy and grace for forgiveness…salvation allowing us to stand & be loved in His presence.

We have hope. Through the power of God, we can change our foolishness from the inside out when we turn toward the power and wisdom of Jesus Christ. In fact, God has chosen the “foolish things of the world” to show the world HIS strength and wisdom (I Cor.1:26-29, Titus 3)

Discussion Questions

  1. Read aloud Matthew 5:22, I Cor.1:26-29, and Titus 3:3-7). What do you learn about foolishness from Jesus and Paul?
  2.  According to Proverbs 26:1-12, how would you now define a fool?  What is the relationship between foolishness and selfishness?
  3.  “A rod for the back of a fool” (Prov.26:3) is the same as “learning the hard way”. Have you learned hard lessons in your life showing you your foolish ways?
  4.  What kind of foolish behavior did Peter exhibit before the resurrection?  How did he change from being a fool to having Godly wisdom? Is change really possible for us? How?
  5.  According to Proverbs 26:10-12, what should Christians do when we encounter foolish behavior in someone we know? Avoid, engage, or try to correct them?

Introduction

Today we are continuing in our series called “Hidden: Seeing God in the everyday moments of life.” We are in the book of Proverbs for a few weeks. Today, I want to talk about a character who is the most ridiculed person on the planet. I think I can confidently say that there are more jokes and one-liners about this kind of person than about anyone else on earth. (not Justin Bieber)

So let me tell you a few of these jokes and see if you can figure out who it is. Did you hear about the aggie who went to the doctor, pointed with his finger and said “Doc, everything hurts. It hurts here, it hurts here, it even hurts here!” The doctor said “Did you graduate from A & M?” The man said “How did you know?” The doctor said “Your finger’s broken.” OK try this: Did you hear about the blonde who was staring at a menu and started putting lipstick on her forehead? She was trying to make up her mind. Why was the Pollock staring so hard at the OJ container? It said concentrate! What do you do when a Redneck tosses a pin (p-i-n) at you? Run he’s got a grenade in his mouth! So Sven decides to take a walk one day, and he comes to a river. He sees Ole on the other side. He says “You-hoo Ole, how to do I get to the other side of the river?” Ole pauses for a minute looks up and down the river and says “You are on the other side!”

Have I offended everyone? Apologies if you are blonde or polish or graduated from an Agricultural College. I don’t mean to offend you! But in my defense, I have to say these jokes are not actually about you! In fact if you’ve ever heard these jokes (and you probably have), the person that they ridicule changes from time to time and from one place to another. What is an Aggie joke in one area is a Sven and Ole Joke in another and is a Blonde joke somewhere else.  

That’s because they aren’t really about blondes, or aggies, or Sven & Ole. Rather these jokes are about the character that we are going to talk about today from the book of Proverbs. Last week as we looked at Proverbs, we talked about Lady Wisdom. Today we are going to talk about the Fool! So turn in your Bibles to Prov. 26:1-12.

Now before we take a look at this character I should tell you that the Fool is someone that Solomon talks about a LOT in Proverbs . This guy is directly mentioned about 70 times in the book. Before we take a look at this character, I should WARN you that Solomon is pretty harsh when he talks about the fool! He describes this guy in comical terms. He almost comes across like a character from Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry. But Solomon is also pretty harsh almost like those jokes!

But that’s what makes it effective! In Proverbs, Solomon presents all these characters like the Sluggard, the Scoffer or the Wise man. He basically presents them as one-dimensional. He’s not interested in their back story or in their other side. He presents them as just totally lazy, totally foolish, totally wise. Solomon does that so that he can help us clearly see the results of a certain character trait. He definitely does that with the Fool, so let me just warn you. He’s not going to cut this guy any slack as he describes him! So we’ll talk about the Fool today and, as we do that,  we’ll do three things:

  1. We will talk briefly about how Proverbs describes this person generally.
  2. We will zoom in on Proverbs 26:1-12, one passage in the book that mentions the fool several times and then.
  3. We will draw some applications about ourselves and others.

I would never call anyone a fool. But Solomon wants us to know that there are people out there who do foolish things, who really live and think like the Fool. He wants us to ask ourselves if sometimes we are those people! So Solomon is going to give us a warning today about the foolish people we encounter and the foolish things we do.

So we’re going to read Proverbs 26:1-12. As we prepare to do that, remember that I said Proverbs reads like a giant bag of fortune cookies. Each verse is a wise saying that you really have to think about. These twelve verses sort of read like that, so I’ll kind of read one and pause to let it sink in. Then we’ll read the next verse. We will see that these twelve verses also fit together to teach us something about the Fool and how we should relate to him. So let’s read Proverbs 26:1-12. God’s word says this:

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

– Proverbs 26:1-12

So who is this guy that Solomon calls “the Fool.” What is it that makes him tick? We need to have a general idea if we are going to understand our passage today. So I thought I’d start today with a little introduction to foolishness.

Introduction to Foolishness

The fool is what we might call the main anti-hero in the book of Proverbs. I wouldn’t necessarily call him a villain, because he’s not necessarily a cruel person. He’s not out to hurt anyone, but he is the opposite of a hero. Because he is without question the main guy in the book of Proverbs that you don’t want to be. The fool is a living train-wreck. He’s a cautionary tale for normal people!

There are other lesser anti-heroes in Proverbs: Characters like the Sluggard or the Scoffer or the adulterous wife or the Simple person. There are lesser heroes in the book of Proverbs, like the Good Friend, the Generous Man and the Wife of Noble Character. But the main hero and anti-hero in the book of Proverbs are the Wise Person and the Fool.

Like I said, the fool is mentioned about 70 times in this book. He is all over the book of Proverbs, so to try and understand him. I just looked at all 70 of those references, and I found out that almost all of them get back to three main ideas.

First, the Fool doesn’t learn. He doesn’t learn, doesn’t learn from advice. He doesn’t learn from rebuke. He doesn’t learn from consequences. Proverbs says “One rebuke has more impact on a wise person than 100 lashes does on a fool.” He doesn’t learn. And it’s not that he can’t learn. He may be very intelligent. This isn’t about intelligence. Rather it’s that he won’t learn, because he thinks he knows it all! The wise man carefully considers what he needs to learn as he goes through life. He is always trying to grow, and he pays attention to advice, to rebuke, to the consequences of what he does. He pays special attention to God. This is why Proverbs says “The fear or reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So the wise man learns from all of that. But not the fool. Proverbs says the fool “Despises God’s wisdom and instruction.” So he doesn’t learn. If you don’t think you need to learn anything, two other things tend to happen.

One is that you talk A LOT. The fool loves to talk. He freely shares his opinion about everything. He freely gives advice whether he knows what he’s talking about or not! He freely lets his anger out any time. He’s frustrated, and you know it immediately. Proverbs says “A fool gives full vent to his anger.” It says “Je shows his annoyance at once.” He doesn’t stop to think that there might be another side to the issue. He doesn’t stop to think that this might not be the best time to react. So the fool is always running his mouth. Proverbs says his mouth gushes folly! Like if you’ve ever had a plumbing problem. One time when we were in Wichita in the middle of the night, we had a little piece of plastic break in our toilet tank. I woke to a funny noise at 3am. When I went to check, water was gushing everywhere from the toilet, and you couldn’t get it to stop! Solomon says that’s what the fool’s mouth is like! Always gushing advice, anger, whatever happens to be on his mind at the moment! So he doesn’t think he needs to learn, which causes him to talk a lot.

Then that, in turn, leads him into big trouble. He’s always headed for disaster! 13 times the book of Proverbs says a fool comes to ruin. In chapter 10 alone, it says (verse 8) a chattering fool comes to ruin, (verse 10) a chattering fool comes to ruin, (verse 14) the mouth of a fool invites ruin, (verse 21) Fools die for lack of sense. He’s headed for trouble. As we’ll see in a minute, he takes everyone else along for the ride!

OK, so that’s a little introduction to the fool. He hates to learn. He loves to talk, and he’s always headed for trouble! Now let’s take a look at Proverbs 26:1-12 and see what we can learn about foolishness. These 12 verses all fit together, and they all center around the concept of foolishness. They present four truths about foolishness. These truths are directed less to the Fool and more to the people who have to deal with Fools. So these are good things to know before you attach yourself to someone who tends to be foolish. Here we go – four truths about dealing with foolish people:

They Attract Pain

We’ve kind of indicated this in our introduction. Solomon mentions it here as he opens this passage:

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. A whip for the horse, a halter (bridle) for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

– Proverbs 26:1-3

These verses are all about what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate for a fool. Verse 1 says what’s inappropriate or not fitting is honor. Solomon says giving honor to a fool is like rain or snow at harvest time.

Most of you know that Kelley and I grew up in Kansas, which is a farming state. I can tell you that there is one thing you do NOT want in harvest time and that’s rain. The moisture ruins the crop while it sits in the storage silos. I’ve actually seen years where the whole crop rotted in the field and was unharvestable, because we got too much rain at harvest. Our last few weeks of weather here in Raleigh are great for our yards, but they would be a disaster at harvest time in Kansas.

Solomon is saying that giving honor to a fool is just as destructive. More about that in a minute, but it’s inappropriate. Solomon does tell us what’s appropriate in verse 3. Unfortunately, what’s appropriate is pain – a whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

Solomon lists certain tools here that are used to motivate and control certain animals. He says “a whip for the horse.” We may cringe a little at that image, but Solomon is talking about a war-horse that is pulling a chariot through battle. A whip is what was used in his day to get that horse to move and to move exactly where it needed to be otherwise you and the horse got into more danger.

Then he says “a bridle for the donkey.” Again, you’re motivating and controlling that donkey through discomfort by pulling on that bridle.

And he says “a rod for the back of fools.” Notice once again that this is about motivation and guidance through pain. He’s saying “only certain tools will get the job done.” You know you’re not going to guide a war-horse through battle with your little four foot doggie leash that works on your beagle. It takes something stronger!

The tool that works best on a fool is not encouragement, or advice, or responsibility, and certainly, not honor. It’s punishment, painful consequences! Notice he doesn’t say “You use a rod on the back of a fool.” He just says “a rod is the only thing that works,” because it’s the only thing that works. It’s the thing that gets used the most.

When you won’t learn from advice, or encouragement, or responsibility you get to experience a lot of pain. Foolish people tend to experience a lot of pain in life. They got angry and popped off when they shouldn’t, so they lost their job. They broke the law without thinking about the consequences. They didn’t pay their bills and it caught up to them. The fool won’t listen to the cautions of other people when the situation is down here, so he’s always on the brink of disaster. Solomon is saying “this is a way of life for the fool they attract pain.” Some of that is probably going to fall on you, if you attach yourself to a fool. So be careful. Fools attract pain. Now the second thing Solomon tells us about fools is this:

They Are Tricky To Talk To

Look at what Solomon says in verses 4-5. He gives two verses that have received a lot of attention:

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.

Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.

– Proverbs 26:4-5

Now these verses have received a lot of attention, because they seem to give contradictory advice. They seem to disagree with one another. Verse 4 says “Do not answer/correct a fool in his folly,” and verse 5 says “Do correct him.” So we kind of wonder “Which is it? What’s the point?”

Many Jewish Rabbis thought that Solomon was saying “Correct a fool when it’s a major religious matter. Don’t correct him when it’s not religious.” Some people say Solomon is contradicting himself. But the verses are right next to each other, so I think it’s more likely that he’s trying to make a point.

So what is the point? Well, I think he’s just saying that when it comes to answering a fool it’s always a judgment call and that when it comes to answering a fool THERE IS NO EASY ANSWER! Think about it: If a foolish person says something silly to you or makes a silly accusation against you and you don’t correct him, he will tell everyone that you agree with him! He’ll be wise in his own eyes! But if you do correct him, often times he just brings you down to his level! If you answer him, oftentimes you look argumentative or petty. Trying to argue with a fool tends to bring out the worst in people.

So I think Solomon is just saying: Listen, know this before you talk to a fool! It’s tricky. It’s draining and whether you respond or don’t respond you run the risk of making the situation worse. So think twice before you engage a fool. (1) They attract pain, and (2) They are tricky to talk to. Now the third truth about dealing with fools is this:

It Is Costly To Give A Fool Anything

This is the most complex of the four truths at least in terms of the way it’s expressed in the passage. Look at what Solomon says:

A:  Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

B:  Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

C:  Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.

B:  Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

A:  Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

– Proverbs 26:6-10

You’ll see I’ve laid it out in a certain way, because Solomon lays it out in a certain way. This is what in fancy Bible study talk is called a chiasm. It mirrors itself. Each corresponding line talks about the same topic. This one goes ABCBA, but it can be ABBA or whatever. It mirrors itself.

Notice there’s three colors here, and it’s talking about three things you might give a fool. If you look at the red lines (A), they are both talking about giving him responsibility, sending him with a message, or hiring him for a job. The blue lines (B) both talk about giving a fool a proverb or wisdom. The black line (C) is talking about giving a fool honor.

So three categories, but it’s all saying the same thing: Giving something to a fool, giving anything no matter what it is it is going to be, best-case scenario, ineffective and, worst-case scenario, costly. It is costly to give a fool anything! Let me show you what I mean. First, Solomon talks about responsibility:

Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

– Proverbs 26:6

Now we have to remember that this was before cell phones and internet and telegraph and snail mail. this was in my day, kids! Just kidding! But messages were important! The whole point of sending someone with a message in Solomon’s day was that it was like having an extra pair of feet right? So if you have a messenger, it’s like you have four feet!

But if you send a fool as your messenger, Solomon says you’re not just back to two feet – it’s not just that he doesn’t get the job done and you have to do it yourself – it’s like chopping off your own feet so you have none! Why? Because not only does the fool not do the job correctly, chances are he is going to make it worse! He’s probably going to deliver a bad message or do it in a bad way and irritate the very person you are trying to reach out to! Then Solomon says:

A’   Like an archer who wounds at random is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

– Proverbs 26:10

When I read this proverb, I cannot get out of my head the Bud Lite commercial where the King is going to shoot an apple off of some guy’s head, but then the King blind-folds himself first.  They ran it 5,000 times in the world cup. If you haven’t seen, it don’t worry about it. But the point is hiring a fool is like having a blind archer in your army: Somebody is going to get hurt! It might be your enemy. It might be your fellow soldiers. It might be you! But someone is bound to get hurt!

Solomon is saying you open yourself up to damage when you hire someone like that. I think of a guy I worked with on a road construction crew named Tracy. He was just a kid. He was 14 years old. The only reason they hired him is because his dad owned the company. He was a train wreck, constant destruction! The first day on the job he was running a sheepfoot, which is like a big steam roller, and he ran it into a bridge and then asked for a raise. The second day he ran the sheepfoot into a water truck, so they didn’t let him drive anything for the rest of the summer. I remember it was his last day on the job. We’re all sitting down for lunch. I think the foreman must have thought “It’s his last day. How much damage can he do? Because the sheepfoot was a couple hundred yards down the road, he threw the keys to Tracy. We all looked at each other like “What is he doing?” Tracy started that thing. He started to lose control, and we were all yelling at him to slow down. He got confused and gunned it into a perfectly restored 1967 Mustang that one of the guys had driven to work that day. I’m not saying Tracy was a fool. He was just young, but that’s what Solomon is talking about. Someone is going to get hurt if you give a fool responsibility.

Then in the blue verses (7,9), Solomon says that giving wisdom to a fool costs. He says a proverb in the mouth of a fool is like the legs of a lame man. It doesn’t carry any weight, and it won’t take anyone where they need to go. It’s like a thornbush in the hand of a Drunk. Like with the Archer, someone – either the drunk, or you or someone else – is going to get hurt. The fool will misquote the proverb or use it in some damaging way or blurt it out at the wrong time. The point is, you can’t give a fool wisdom! Then Solomon says:

“Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.”

– Proverbs 26:8

A sling was a couple of leather thongs or ropes with a pouch in the middle. You would swing it around and around your head and then you would release the stone. Anyone who knows anything about a sling, knows that the whole point of a sling is to release the stone! So it’s kind of pointless to tie a stone in a sling! It can even be dangerous! The stone might swing back and hit you! Let me just say if you want to know how dangerous it can be let me invite you to just google the words “watermelon slingshot” and watch the video. The lady was not hurt, but it is the most painful video I’ve ever seen!

Solomon says that’s what it’s like to give honor to a fool. It’s pointless or even damaging.

Because the whole point of honoring someone is that it gives them a platform, it gives them an audience, it gives them credibility and an endorsement. So endorsing a fool won’t straighten him out. It won’t encourage him to reform. It will just multiply the influence of his foolishness!

The point is anything you give a fool – honor, wisdom, even responsibility, anything you give a fool – will be, at best, ineffective and, at worst, costly. So think twice. (1) Foolish people attract pain. (2) They are tricky to talk to. (3) Giving them anything is costly. Then Solomon gives one last truth about foolish people:

Foolish People Keep Doing Foolish Things

Solomon says something disturbing:

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

– Proverbs 26:11

“A dog returns to its vomit.” OK, I have a dog. I love my dog. Zowe, the wonder dog, provides me with lots of joy. I think dogs are awesome. But as a canine owner, I have to testify that what Solomon says is true. They don’t just return to it. They eat it, and they eat worse things.

The point here is that what their body and their experience has already told them to reject they go back to, like it’s a Crispy Cream donut or something. It’s disgusting and hard to watch, and it doesn’t make sense. But they do it.

Solomon is saying that’s the way it is with foolish people. They don’t learn. What experience tells them to reject they go back to. Solomon is telling us something very important. In general, you can expect foolish people to keep doing foolish things. So if you link yourself to a fool, if you join them in some business venture or make them your best friend or you hire them in general, you should not expect them to stop being foolish. It usually doesn’t work that way.

Solomon’s saying nine times out of ten they are going to keep doing foolish things.

So in all of this in all of these 12 verses Solomon calls us to recognize the truth of what it’s like most of the time nine times out of ten to deal with foolish people. He says you need to know

(1) That they attract pain and may bring that on you.

(2) That they are tricky to talk to no matter how you respond, it could make things worse!

(3) That it is costly to give them anything: responsibility, wisdom, honor and

(4) That foolish people rarely change.

Now how do we apply this? How do we live our lives taking into account what God’s Word has taught us in this passage? Let me give you three thoughts and these will be brief, three applications. The first is this:

1. Count the cost before you connect with someone who is foolish.

That’s obviously a point the passage is making again and again. I know that this is sort of a one-dimensional portrait of someone who is foolish. I know that people who behave foolishly have their good side too. We’ll talk about that in a minute. But the passage really is making the important point that there is a cost to working with to befriending to, connecting yourself with, people who are foolish There’s nothing wrong with recognizing that.

The younger you are, the more important this is. You need to count the cost before you attach yourself to someone who has foolish tendencies. I’m not saying you can’t be their friend. I’m certainly not saying that you need to judge them, but you need to be aware of the damage they can do and take that into account before you expose yourself to it. So count the cost before you connect with someone who is foolish.

2. Count the cost before you do something foolish.

The other point this passage makes is that there is a cost to being a fool! It’s hard! You constantly expose yourself to pain. Eventually, people learn that it’s tricky to talk to you. They learn that it’s costly to share with you. They learn that you keep doing foolish things. When people realize that, they will begin to distance themselves from you.

There’s a cost! And listen, we ALL have foolish tendencies from time to time. Every one of us has times when we don’t want to learn. almost all of us run our mouths when we should keep them shut. All of us have to learn painful lessons from time to time. We all have foolish tendencies.

If you’re wondering – am I acting the fool a lot? – then ask yourself if you’re doing those things: Do you think you know it all? Do you blurt out your advice or response or anger when you shouldn’t? Are you always on the brink of disaster because you’re in trouble? Do people distance themselves from you because of the cost of relating to you?

If so, don’t call yourself a fool. You don’t have to shame yourself, but recognize your behavior for what it is and recognize that you may need to work on being wise. The book of Proverbs can help you with that. So count the cost of connecting to a foolish person or being a foolish person. But there’s one more thing I want you to know before we stop today, and that’s this:

3. God loves the fool.

Jesus said something really interesting in the Sermon on the Mount. Listen to what he said:

I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

– Matt. 5:22

Jesus forbad us as his followers from calling anyone a fool. It’s OK to recognize their foolish tendencies but to pronounce that someone is a fool is off limits! Do you know why that is?  Because there’s always hope. People can change. Fools can change. Yes, it’s true. Left to themselves, a foolish person will return to their folly, like a dog returns to its vomit.

But there’s good news. We’re not left to ourselves! God loves the fool, and He calls fools to himself, and He changes them from the inside out. I want you to listen to another verse of Scripture. This one’s from 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 and, if you feel like a fool today, this is your new favorite verse! Listen to what God’s word says to the Christians at Corinth:

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

– 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

God loves the fool! His mercy is always waiting to forgive us for our foolishness. His grace is always waiting to restore us. His wisdom is always waiting to instruct us, and He’s always ready to make us wise unto salvation. Foolishness is costly. We need to know that. But God loves the fool.