“NOT VERY SMART”
Proverbs 15:21 – Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom.
Proverbs 28:26 – Those who trust in themselves are fools.
Isaiah 32:6 – For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness.
Do you find that some news stories are almost laughable? And, still others would be humorous if they were not truly tragic. Those kinds of stories occur when the event being reported makes the listener shake their head in disbelief over the stupidity demonstrated by the person that made the news. Criminals are frequently the “prize winners” when it comes to not using their common sense when they commit a crime. Foolishness is pandemic. It is amazing how much impact a Christian can have if we allow the Light of our LORD to shine through us at all. Consider this story of a young lady that was definitely not valedictorian material…..
When the Cornerstone Bank in Waco, Nebraska, was robbed of some $6,000 in November of 2012, the bank employees were able to give the police a fairly good description of the teenage girl who pulled off the crime and the car in which she escaped. As it turned out, the investigators didn’t really need those descriptions, because the thief recorded a YouTube video titled “Chick bank robber” boasting of her criminal prowess.
Fanning out the cash in front of the camera, 19-year-old Hannah Sabata held up a sign that read, “I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I’m rich, I can pay off my college financial aid, and tomorrow I’m going for a shopping spree.” Later she held up another sign which said, “I told my mom today was the best day of my life… she just thinks I met a new boy.” Hannah’s brief criminal career ended later that week when police took her into custody.
The number of people who have gotten into trouble because of something they said goes far beyond boasting criminals. Lies, gossip, criticism, and slander can damage not just those about whom they are spoken but the speaker as well. The words that come from our mouths reveal the condition of our hearts and minds. Jesus said, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
We should exercise great care in our speech, knowing the power of our words. Though there is a time when we should speak, more often the problem comes from speaking too much instead of speaking too little. Let wisdom guide every conversation.
“A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”—Proverbs 18:6-7 (Copied).
Sins are no longer hidden. The full devotion to sinning is openly and proudly proclaimed. What was once considered vulgar and perverted is becoming so accepted that children in elementary schools are being taught about the virtues of sexual deviancy. We are a nation that is demanding less restrictions on recreational drugs, a higher alcohol content in beer and now serving alcohol at college football games. In addition, we are providing diminished sentences for wrong doers that are caught, and no boundaries at all on sexual practices no matter how destructive. I fear the direction we are taking. History records that every other nation that touted their choice to be “free” by denying God’s righteousness fell from their greatness. We are speeding toward a destination of devastation, but few have heeded the road map to know the place of our quest. It is not paradise. It is perdition. “The wages of sin is death”!