Proverbs 26: 7 The legs of a disabled person hang limp; so does a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
This chapter of the book of Proverbs has a lot to say about “fools”. The description of the fool given in this verse stood out for me this morning. Probably because it applies to me more than I’d like to admit.
A “disabled person” has legs, he just cannot use them. So it is with a fool who has memorized wisdom, but lacks the ability or willingness to apply that wisdom. It’s a waste.
Knowing something – and acting on it – are two different things.
The truth is, I’m stubborn about some things. It’s not that I don’t know what to do, it’s that I don’t want to do it. Take sleeping for example. I’ve mentioned in this space recently that the quality of my sleep has decreased over the years. I used to sleep like a rock. Now, I struggle to go to sleep and stay asleep. To some degree, this is normal as we age. I’m not old, but I’m coming up on 49 years which means I’m old enough to struggle with this.
My wife has been telling me for months that one likely contributing factor to my poor sleep is my insistence on reading on my iPad before bed. The blue light from the iPad messes with the circadian rhythms that help my brain get ready to sleep. Or so I’ve been told.
But the truth is that I prefer to read on my iPad than to read an actual book. Fine. So I read the iPad and experience poor sleep. Then complain about being tired. This is the plight of the fool. I know what to do, I just don’t do it.
Yesterday I broke down and went to the local library. And, yes, I checked out a real “book” (first time in years) to read before bed. It’s too early to tell if this will help my sleep patterns, but I suspect it will. And I’ll likely think to myself, “Why didn’t I do this a long time ago?”
Are there areas of your life in which you know what to do, you just don’t do it? Then, burdened with the consequences of your actions, you complain about it? Join the club. The bible has a word for this. It’s called being a “fool”. (Sigh…)
Lord Jesus, we can be stubborn sometimes. We want to do things our way, whether it’s good for us or not. This morning we ask that you give us grace to apply the wisdom you’ve made available to us. Teach us to trust that your ways are the ways that lead to life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.