“How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you would have responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.” Proverbs 1: 22-23
Ouch! Words can sting! No one likes being called simple or a fool. Bear in mind, however, that in Proverbs a “simple one” or fool does not denote someone’s mental abilities; it reflects one’s character deficiencies. The simple or fool is not a stupid person, but one who is rebellious, quick to anger, lazy, etc. He or she cannot differentiate between right and wrong and will not listen to or follow true wisdom, which is God’s Word.
The moment we feel our wisdom is higher than or our judgement is better than God’s, we become prideful fools and simple ones. Don’t run the risk of having God’s grace and mercy turn from you by letting the court of public opinion cause you to stray and accept wrong as right. You will oftentimes find yourselves at odds with friends, neighbors and even family when you choose to follow God and not the world. Don’t let the fear of ostracism sway you from the straight and narrow path. God is with us. Remember, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).
God bless you.