Proverbs 26: 7, “The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.”
Have you ever watched someone with a limp? Have you noticed that they do not step evenly, but are often supported by rails, canes or other devices to steady their feet? I have used a cane for several years now because of an injury that causes me to stumble and this passage reminds me of those who have difficulty walking and how that can be translated into an analogy of the Word we study today.
Just as those who are lame stumble or strain to walk so does the words spoken by a fool. A fool offers no strength or support to the foundation of their talk; they often boast just to hear themselves talk; they give no consideration to the needs of the hearer; but they continue to talk as if everything they say is of greatest importance. Their words offer no support to the hearer and so those who depend upon their words stumble about life being led by the fools of this world.
Prayer: LORD, build our strength so that we stand upright before you. Bridle our mouth when our words are our own and fill our minds and hearts with the words you want shared. It’s easy for us to get side tracked and make foolish statements; oh, LORD, prevent us from becoming foolish. LORD, as we apply your Word to our lives this day; keep us mindful of this passage. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.