Who doesn’t love delivering a good prank on April 1st? Setting someone you love up to appear foolish is great fun.

But who wants to be the fool? That’s a different story. Especially if it’s not just at the hands of an April Fool’s prankster, but a way of life.

There are 83 references to the word “fool” in the Book of Proverbs alone, most comparing the behavior and fate of foolish people to that of the wise:

A Sampling of Scripture

Proverbs 12:15: Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Proverbs 12:16: A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

Proverbs 13:16: Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.

Proverbs 13:20: Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

Proverbs 14:33: Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.

Proverbs 17:10: A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

Proverbs 17:28: Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Proverbs 18:2: Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

Application

Right-fighting, refusing to listen, impulsiveness, hanging around with the wrong people…. I think I’ve checked the box on all of these over the years. But I’ve changed. Or have I?

Prayer

Father, if it’s truly that simple, why do I continue doing foolish things? Maybe because I don’t specifically ask You for wisdom. Oh, I pray for Your clarity on specific issues and for Your guidance in my decision-making. But I need the kind of every-day wisdom that defines my character. 

So Lord, I just pray that You will fill me up with wisdom so that I live a life that honors You. Thank You for being a good and generous God, willing to shower wisdom upon all of us who ask for it. Amen.

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