In our lives we have foolish times and we have wise times. In the foolish times, we just spend a lot of our time telling other people what to do and giving advice that hasn’t been solicited. We talk about things that don’t really matter. We just spout the things that we want to say. When we’re foolish we don’t listen to anybody; we don’t heed warnings; we don’t take advice from anybody who’s older and wiser we. Some life changing mistakes can be made in these foolish times. Thankfully there are times we are also wise. In those times we are quick to listen and slow to speak. We heed warnings that are given to us and we listen to advice from trusted mentors. In those times we make our wisest decisions, our best choices. This proverb reminds us that it is a good thing if we are sensible and we learn how to follow directions. But if we’re foolish then we are just full of conceit and we only think about ourselves. We’re prideful and we are self-important and that’s a bad thing. The implication is that if I’m wise then I will succeed; if I’m foolish that I will fail. Let us strive to be wise and not to be some foolish person who only who thinks of himself.
And we pray:
Father, I thank You that You’re able to help me distinguish between wisdom and foolishness. I know that I have been foolish in my life and I’ve learned some hard lessons from those times. I ask that You give me a wise heart and that You will help me to heed the advice of people that I trust. I ask that You help me to hear Your voice and Your admonition and that I’m wise enough to listen to You and do Your will. Amen.