“The Complacency Of Fools” ( Proverbs 1: 32, ESV ) by Carley Evans

God calls us out. He says, ‘Don’t be smug and satisfied with yourself. This complacency is the mark of the foolish, of the simple.’

“To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth — Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:2-7)

The awe – the fear – of God is the starting line for instruction in wisdom. Now that you have put your hand to the wheel, begun the race, started to build, don’t shrink back. Run the full race. Seek instruction, says God. Desire discretion. Hope and strive “to understand words of insight.”

Don’t be complacent, self-satisfied and proud of your spirituality.

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” (Proverbs 1:20-22)

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. mtsweat says:

    …complacent, self-satisfied, proud… ouch!
    Thanks Carley

  2. lambskinny says:

    mtsweat, I doubt that. Besides, God has a way of making any one of us — including me — humble, hopefully by just showing us some little truths about ourselves. God bless you, brother. Carley

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