“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.”
Have you ever tried to reason with a foolish person? God continues to call us to wisdom throughout the proverbs and in so doing, he teaches us not to argue with a fool or try to set them straight. We must be taught to be wise through the Word of God. We must be ready to defend our belief (1 Peter 3:14-16) and the only way to do that is to make ourselves workmen that need not to be put to shame as we divide the Word of truth. The only way we can do this is by studying His Word. This gives us the opportunity to not only witness to those in darkness but to reveal the light to those who are foolish (2 Timothy 2:15-16).
We must sanctify our LORD in our hearts and be prepared to answer those who challenge or question our devotion. The Word of God is profitable for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. But we must be sure that the LORD has called us to stand before man and give forth the wisdom of His Word. We must wait upon the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds or we will foolishly join the foolish and sound like clanging cymbals to those who hear us. Our convictions must be sure, they must be true, and they must be wholly fixed on our LORD and Jesus Christ. Without His direction and His blessing our words will be in vain. Wisdom is justified when it comes from God. There will be times when speaking is called for; there will be times when silence is more powerful; and there will be times when living our lives before them as we trust the LORD for our portion will be the greatest testimony.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). He is the one who directs the heart; the footsteps; the speaker and the hearer. Wait upon Him by being prepared when called.
Prayer: LORD, help us to be prepared to share your Word when the opportunities present. Father, help us not to argue your Word but reason with the hearer. Let us not cast our pearls before the swine, but let us scatter seed to fertile ground so that you will claim a great harvest of souls for the kingdom of God. Thank you LORD that you would use us and thank you that you have provided your Word so that we can learn from it. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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