Painful Words

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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 48:1-49:22, 2 Timothy 4:1-22, Psalm 95:1-96:13, Proverbs 26:9-12

Daily Verse: “Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.” Prov. 26:9

Painful words.

Fools misapply proverbs because they don’t possess the intelligence or spiritual maturity to handle it. The author compares fools’ stupidity to a drunkard with a thorn in his hand. Because he can’t control his movements and actions, the drunk hurts himself like a fool with a proverb.

Slapstick comedy does an excellent job of portraying fools. The Three Stooges, Larry, Curly, and Mo, constantly found themselves in foolish situations. Don Knotts, also known as Barney Fife in the highly acclaimed Andy Griffith Show, had irrational tendencies. And Tim Conway, a fan favorite on the Carol Burnette show, played fools well.

One of my favorite scenes involved Tim Conway playing a dentist. Trying to give anesthesia to his patient, he kept poking himself instead of the person in the chair. Eventually, he numbed his entire upper body without once injecting the patient.

Fools can’t handle wisdom and do not portray it in their actions. They may speak a proverb, but that doesn’t mean they understand it.

Lord, thank You for giving us the wisdom to apply to our lives. Forgive us for acting foolishly. Help us continue to learn from You as we use Your proverbs. In all things, let us honor and glorify You.  IJNIP. Amen

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