The month of April always begins with “April Fool’s Day”. God has a lot to say about fools and foolishness in His Word, so maybe we should step back from making too much of the occasion. Probably the most memorable Biblical passage regarding fools is the one above, about ultimate foolishness. Beyond that there are, at least according to my concordance, another 182 occurrences of the words fool and foolishness in Scripture. Of those, 73 are in the Book of Proverbs and another 25 are in Ecclesiastes, books whose authorship is mainly credited to King Solomon. Now Solomon is usually remembered for his great wisdom, which is pretty much the opposite of foolishness, but we must not forget that even Solomon did some pretty foolish things in his day.
Let’s look at some of the things he had to say. In Proverbs 10 we find our first “Proverbial” fools beginning in verse 8 where “a babbling fool comes to ruin.” That’s repeated for emphasis in verses 10 and 14. From there we find that “whoever utters slander is a fool” (18) and “doing wrong is like a joke to a fool.” (23) Its just fun and games! There’s much more so if you want to go farther just zero in on Proverbs 17, 26 and 29. In the Book of Ecclesiastes the fools mainly hang out in chapters 2, 7 and 10. The bottom line is that fools act pretty much opposite of the wisdom and command of God and they are headed for destruction. Proverbs 10:21 nails it; “Fools die for lack of sense.
If we want to live then, perhaps we should head in the opposite direction of fools and foolishness, toward wisdom. That would be God’s wisdom not the wisdom of man. Once again the Book of Proverbs tells us where to start. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (9:10) True wisdom emanates from knowing who God is and respecting and honoring Him in light of it. Insight and understanding come from knowing the Holy One. That Holy One is none other than Christ Jesus. Even the demons know that and testify to it. ‘And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”’ (Mark 1:23-24) God’s earnest desire is that all people turn from foolishness and embrace His wisdom. The Apostle Paul tells Timothy “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4) Here being saved, eternally, is linked to having a knowledge of the truth. At this point we can join with Pontius Pilate in asking Jesus “What is truth?” Pilate didn’t wait around for an answer, but then again, he didn’t need to. He was looking truth in the face…the face of Jesus. Jesus is the Truth, the embodiment of the Word of Truth, that Word made flesh. Jesus is the living revelation of God, the image of the Father, in human form. Everything about Him is true, and knowing Him leads to our salvation. It’s more than knowing about Him though; it’s about having a relationship with Him, placing our faith and trust for the future in His hands.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Knowing that Jesus Christ is God who came into the world for us and for our salvation, dying in our place in order to satisfy the righteous wrath of God the Father against sin so that we might be free of all guilt and punishment, and rising again to justify us before God and reconcile us to Him forever is the ultimate eternal wisdom. Living every day in that reality and allowing it to shape our worldview and behavior is acting wisely.
Maybe we who believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior should ask for equal time, for another day set aside to celebrate true wisdom.