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Samuel A CainA fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (Proverbs 18:2 ESV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

All human beings tend to be self-centered. The more self-centered a man becomes, the more he forgets God and disobeys Him. Living without God, he is guided by his own lust, passion, and self-will. A man may have many advantages and yet his foolishness leads him to failure. A man may hear the call of God to the ministry, or to a professional life in business, but he plays the fool and spoils his life.

Do you want fulfillment in this life? A life of fulfillment requires your surrender to God and a life of obedience to Him. There is no wisdom in life apart from these things.

Proverbs teaches us that, “fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The Bible describes a fool as one who, “takes no pleasure in understanding.” Fools are without understanding because they believe that their own opinions are the final word on everything. Fools do not fear God because they have made Him according to their own desires. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Proverbs 1:7 ESV) When people don’t fear God, they have no knowledge because they have denied the source of all knowledge.

When we look at the words “fool,” “foolishness,” and “folly” from the biblical perspective – we are talking about a moral issue. The fool does not lack mental intelligence, he lacks a moral compass. A fool is blind to the moral consequences of his actions. “Accountability” is not in the vocabulary of the fool. He does whatever he feels like doing.

The man who follows his own feelings, without seeking guidance from the Word of God is a fool! Many people follow their feelings into the snare of sin. Feelings are inconsistent and undependable. If you follow your heart, without the guidance of the Word of God, you will end up living in sin. Anyone who trusts in his own heart is a fool. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV)

The passion and desire of fools drive them to jump in where angels fear to tread. They are fools because they risk the wrath of God and their eternal souls for a momentary pleasure. Therefore, they foolishly miss out on the greatest pleasure of all; “to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”


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