Proverbs 10

Fool’s Gold.

“When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.” – Proverbs 10:25 NLT

To the untrained eye, iron and copper pyrite has all the characteristics of real gold. For an amateur prospector, it could fool the eye and convince the mind that the dream of untold riches was right around the corner. But no matter how real it may appear, fool’s gold would prove to be nothing more than a phantom or a very convincing mirage. The same could be said of the life of the fool. A fool is not some imbecile who lacks intelligence and is doomed to a life of stupid decisions. In the Bible a fool is the description of any individual who chooses to live his life on his own terms instead of God’s. All of us are born fools and the only thing that change that unhappy state is a growing knowledge of God and a healthy fear of Him. Without God we are doomed to live the life of a fool. And as these Proverbs remind us, “a foolish child brings grief to a mother (Proverbs 10:1 NLT), “babbling fools fall flat on their faces” (Proverbs 10:8 NLT), “those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod” (Proverbs 13 NLT), “slandering others makes you a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NLT), “the heart of a fool is worthless” (Proverbs 10:20 NLT), and “fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense” (Proverbs 10:21 NLT).

The Proverbs tend to combine the characteristics of foolishness with wickedness and evil. They are all one and the same. They represent the ungodly, those who live as if there is no God. When a child is born, he or she has no concept of God, so they become their own god. The world revolves around them. They naturally exhibit selfishness and self-centeredness. They demand their own way. They don’t know any better. But by the time a child becomes an adult, they should know better. But sadly, many adults exhibit the same characteristics they displayed as children. They remain the god of their life and the universe revolves around them. They lack discernment and common sense. Yes, they may have an education and multiple degrees. They may have all the trappings of success and enjoy a lifestyle of comfort and ease, but it is all fool’s gold. They lack true wisdom and knowledge. Their life is but a mirage, a phantom of what God offers. Because “the godly are showered with blessing” (Proverbs 10:6 NLT), “the earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin” (Proverbs 10:16 NLT), and “doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible” (Proverbs 10:23 NLT).

A life without God may appear attractive, but it is not what it seems. The world does all it can to offer a convincing replica of what God has offered. It’s pleasures look real. It’s happiness appears lasting. Following its ways would seem to offer a life of fulfillment. But it’s all fool’s gold. A cheap substitute for the real thing. The way of the Lord is the only way that works. It alone satisfies, lasts, brings peace, provides joy, and results in a life marked by integrity, wisdom, common sense, and stability. “The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing” (Proverbs 10:28 NLT). Only God’s way is the right way. Don’t be fooled by anything else.

Father, open my eyes and help me spot the counterfeit life offered by this world. It is so convincing, but so disappointing. It can’t deliver what it promises. It’s fool’s gold. But Your way is the right way and offers everything I need to live a life of fulfillment and purpose. Don’t ever let me settle for the fake when I can have the real thing. Amen

Ken Miller
Grow Pastor & Minister to Men

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