• You Can’t Always Trust a Fool

    He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. 
    The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 
    As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 
    As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard,
    so is a parable in the mouth of fools
    . 
    Proverbs 26:6-9

    Solomon fires his shotgun and hits some things that a fool cannot be trusted with and lays before us what no doubt will be the end results. If you send a message by a fool, you may as well cut his feet off before he goes because the message is not going to arrive as intended for the fool is not responsible. If it does somehow make it, the fool will distort it to your hurt. A lame man does not walk evenly so even if he does deliver the message, it may have all the words told him but they will be out of order so the actual message will be distorted to the point of no sense at all.

    David chose five smooth stones to use against Goliath, but it only took one to bring him down. He gave “honor” to the first on and slung it from his sling and slew Goliath. He knew what type of stone to use because of all his experience in slaying wild beasts. The wise man has learned that if he gives honor to a fool to carry out a job, he most likely will be embarrassed for his unwise decision in the end. A drunkard sometimes cannot feel his physical pain if he gets injured and a fool that carries an important note will not feel the same importance of the message to the one it is to be given to. He probably will get sidetracked along his way because of his lack of concern for his mission.

    So, what is Solomon telling us? Probably that we can’t always trust a fool. But there is hope for the fool only if he admits his condition and seeks the wisdom found in God’s word for it helps us look further into the things of God. He will give us direction, purpose, answers in spiritual matters, discernment and even of prophecy. 

    Brad Jackson