Some of you are feeling foolish.
You left us a comment telling us so after I posted a list of what makes a fool last week. The Bible gets pretty specific about what kinds of choices fools make in order to guide us toward the opposite of foolishness . . . wisdom.
Fortunately for each of us, the Bible doesn’t just warn us what not to do in order to avoid living foolishly, it also gives us some firm advice of what wise living looks like. So let’s revisit those verses from our "foolish checklist" and see if we can come up with a picture of what it means to be a girl gone wise.
A wise girl …
- Fears the Lord (Prov. 1:7).
- Responds to the Lord’s discipline (Prov. 1:23).
- Listens to God and rests in knowing that He will take care of her (Prov. 1:33).
- Makes her parents glad (Prov. 10:1).
- Considers and makes changes when criticized (Prov. 15:5).
- Follows the rules (Prov. 10:8).
- Loves to learn (Prov. 10:14).
- Holds her tongue (Prov. 10:20).
- Takes pleasure in making wise choices (Prov. 10:23).
- Is cautious (Prov. 14:16).
- Runs away from evil (Prov. 14:16).
- Stays away from conflict (Prov. 20:3).
- Saves her money instead of spending it all (Prov. 21:20).
Whew! Those are high standards to live up to! The truth is, we will all fall short and make foolish choices from time to time, but Proverbs helps us see exactly what wise living should look like in order to help us avoid foolishness.
If you try to tackle that entire list at once, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed. Instead, ask the Lord to show you one or two areas where you’ve been making foolish choices and to help you choose wisdom. Then head right back here and tell us how you plan to flee from foolishness and choose wisdom this week.