COUNSEL FOR THE WISE IN THE MIDST OF FOOLS

“Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!
Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.
Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.
Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise” (PV 26:1-12, TLB)

The Bible is the Word of God. Study the scriptures! Every counsel is perfect. Obey the Word of God and you shall be saved, healed, free and happy. Question: What will you do if you are attacked by fools? This situation is as bad as when mad dogs come against you. A fool is not just an innocent, ignorant, in-need-of-help person. Fools are terrible and dangerous. They can drag you down to their level. Pray for wisdom!

Read and meditate on the above verses from Proverbs 26. The word ‘fool’ in Hebrew is kesyl. It means to be fat and silly. His foolishness is ‘perverse’. A fool in the Bible is seen as someone who is an unbeliever (‘A fool says in his heart: there is no God’ Ps 14:1). He is a wayward, stubborn, wicked, rebellious person. He says and does what he knows is wrong, willfully turning away from what is right and good. He argues too much and, like a virus, he spreads his foolish stubbornness to others. He takes pleasure seeing that you fall. That is why he is dangerous!

In the Bible we are told that:
*Honor should not be given to a fool. The word ‘honor’ in Hebrew is translated ‘glory, boasting, to be noble, to promote and to be rich’. Practically it means that if I encounter a fool, I should try my best to avoid him. I should not go out of my way to make friends with him, to respect or to imitate him. I should not boast of my relationship with him. I should not help him to be promoted or to get richer. If I do so, I will share in his ‘shame’. “The wise are promoted to honor, but fools are promoted to shame!” (PV 3:35). The word ‘shame’ also means disgrace or confusion. Making friends with fools is one of the common ways to become confused in life, losing focus and faith. Friendship with fools will make you to backslide. You have to choose between that fool and your faith in God!

*The best thing is to avoid a fool. Try NOT answering his arguments, so that you do not become like him. But if you really have to talk, then pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit on your mind and tongue. The only thing a fool needs is rebuke! Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you have to discipline him! You need a tongue of fire to rebuke a fool! The fools win all arguments if you answer them in your flesh. You need the help of the Holy Spirit who is the ‘Wonderful Counsellor’. You may be led to speak just one sentence, but filled with the Holy Spirit, it will be a rebuke from heaven. The fool will feel it as a lash on his back. Pain is good for a fool. Like a mad dog who tried to bite you, after that lash, he will retreat! He may not repent from his foolishness but he will avoid you from that time on. To be free from the tongue and the manipulation of a fool is great deliverance! Thank God for that!

*Fools are not to be trusted with your heart and with your words. They are rebellious. They are trouble makers. They will add or remove from your words. They will misinterpret them. You will end in trouble if you send a message thru a fool. Do not trust a fool. Do not delegate your authority to a fool. Never do that. If you have no wise person to send a message, go yourself or keep quiet and wait. Fools are wicked. Fools can never represent you in public. Never marry a fool for you will suffer! Do not make friends with fools for you will weep! Do not hire a fool for he will run down your business! Run away from a church whose pastor is foolish, no matter how handsome, beautiful, rich or famous he (she) is!

Finally, pray that God will purify your heart from resident foolishness and your world from wicked people. May the Fire of the Holy Spirit surround you now! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! In Jesus name, amen!

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