Psalms 69:5   O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

Proverbs 22:15   Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Many of us would not agree that we have foolishness, we would rather justify ourselves as one that is wise than one that is also foolish in certain ways. Whether we agree or not, we all know for sure that we have moments of foolishness(times when we feel stupid with previous decisions taken or previous acts done).

Here, we see David opening up to God about his folly. He shows us that it’s easier for God to fish out our foolishness. There are many things in our lives that we need God to fish out and fix, because they are foolishness and can bring us destruction.

The smartness and wisdom of man is foolishness before God. A foolish man is one that wants to chart the cause of his life by himself without God’s direction. A foolish man is one that assumes that ‘his own self’ efforts has brought him success rather than give God all the glory. A fool is one who has put his trust in the arms of flesh rather than total dependence on God.

Many times in life, we show how smart we are as we plan all our lives without God and merely pray to God to ratify our plans and projections. We love to do our things our own way, we plan our own way and just use God as a back-up plan. God is never a backup plan, He is the plan of life. Therefore we become fools when we take God out of the plan.

Perhaps God became merciful to us and we have success in that which we planned, we would also become a fool to take all the credit and to assume our strength brought us the success. Like the man in Luke 12, who had so much increase only to assume all was meant for him to enjoy a life of pleasure. But alas, he was a fool.

When we put our trust and confidence in our strength, intelligence, smartness and so on, we make ourselves fools. Strength will fail. Intelligence will end. Smartness will be eroded. All that man can ever boast of will fail hence dependence on them is foolishness.

Jesus never depended on His strength for once. He always trusted the Father for all. Even when He could do things on His own, He would not except the Father authorizes Him to. Everytime we depend so much on our achievements, abilities, capacities, and anything we can boast of, we make ourselves fools.

Lastly, a fool says in His heart there is no God. (Joke) I guess the Nigerian first lady isn’t a fool, “there is God o”. Do we all say there is God? If yes, then why do we exalt almost every other thing above Him? If truly we know and believe strongly that there is God, then we will devout all that we have to learning His ways, obey all He says, and much more important, seek to please Him by living a life of Faith.

Don’t be a fool by claiming to be wise; wise in this world “for the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God….”  1 Corinthians 3:19. Wise in the ways of this world, wise in your own ways for “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Prov. 12:15. Rather be a fool for Christ, totally dependent on Him for help and directions in life.

Romans 1:22   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

Prayer focus: Lord let the rod of correction take away every foolishness away from my heart. And let your staff of direction direct my path.

God bless you.

Oliyide Ayotunde