Being referred to as a fool is not a badge of honor. “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent” (Proverbs 15:5). God has much to say about foolishness. Some of my favorites are Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” and Proverbs 17:12, “Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.” In essence, a bear doesn’t want anything to do with a man who doesn’t believe in God!
For sure I played the fool when I was younger and pray it has subsided now that I’m older. See what verse five says- ’the fool doesn’t listen to the wisdom of their father’. Hopefully you were a straight-arrow and always heeded your parents advice. I, on the other hand, have knots, scars, plenty of hard roads and heartaches because I did not follow instruction. Like many others who laughed at parental instruction, I was destined to the ‘School of Hard Knocks’. Many a rugged valley could have been avoided by following wise instruction.
Mom and Dad, several times, made reference to my being a fool as I chose the low road. Many times they told me to pay attention in school and make something of yourself. I laughed it off. For me school was a circus and I the clown! But oh my were they right. Many days of hard labor (construction-not the chain gang) made me recall those wise words as the sweat ran into my eyes and my muscles ached.
As bad as that was, there was another problem. I was taken to Church every Sunday and laughed it off too. I certainly was not heeding the wisdom of the Holy Father in Heaven. Both my parents stressed the importance of God in my life. But like most, I thought maybe later. If you, or someone you know, feels that way-we must simply warn them of an immediate need. If we want to avoid many unnecessarily pitfalls and potholes we need to follow the instruction of the Father! God says, “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble” (Proverbs 15:6).
Now simply stated, if a person would rather disobey their parents and a righteous God and not enjoy ‘much treasure’ then that would be the perfect description of a fool. We must, hopefully at a young age, give ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ! Avoid the sins our parents warn us about and ask forgiveness from the only One who can forgive. Make sure that when we look up the definition of a fool our picture is not there. God says in verse nine, “…but he (God) loveth him that followeth after righteousness.