4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
I’m sure all of us can say we have someone in our lives whom we consider just plain foolish. It doesn’t take an Einstein to diagnose their foolishness as they only need to open their mouths and there is instant confirmation that they are, indeed, foolish. Sometimes they revel in the pain of others or they are always condemning or they just lack common sense. This scripture instructs us to be careful not to go along with the words of a foolish person or we will find ourselves just like them. Do you have church members that are always pointing out the negatives or are very pessimistic about every ministry and plan that is being laid out in the church? Yes, you’ve got it, they are foolish.
As believer’s we should always have faith and hope that God knows what He’s doing in our lives and in our church. We don’t always understand everything, we may not even really agree with everything that goes on, but our posture should be one of prayer and faith. We should pray for our leaders and others in our lives. We should have faith that God is working on our behalf and that when it is time, He will reveal His plans and purpose. Don’t follow the thought patterns of a foolish person when things aren’t clear. Don’t get caught up in the hype of the condemning and finger pointing behaviors. Stand still, pray and be a part of the solution and not a further distraction or problem.
Who are the foolish people in your life? Make sure you aren’t one of them!
c/2008 Candie A. Price