Something Foolish

Something Foolish

13 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 14; 1 Chronicles 4; 2 Corinthians 13


Saul did something really foolish that day. He addressed the army: “A curse on the man who eats anything before evening, before I’ve wreaked vengeance on my enemies!” None of them ate a thing all day. (1 Samuel 14:24 MSG)

The foolish curse Saul impulsively blurted out at the beginning of the day’s battle had serious consequences. The soldiers became so weak and exhausted that they failed to pursue and fully defeat their Philistine enemies and by the end of the day they were so hungry they began sinning against God’s rules by eating meat with blood still in it. Besides that, the real hero, Jonathan, nearly lost his life because he hadn’t heard Saul’s foolish curse and ate some honey he found on the battlefield.

The story of Saul’s kingship is filled with incidents in which he either spoke rashly or acted impulsively because he was often driven by his impatience, his anger, or his fear. Rash promises or impulsive curses, spoken in times of emotional highs or lows nearly always make trouble for us or for someone we care about. God’s Word, life’s experiences, and common sense all caution us to think carefully before we speak.

One of the disciplines that helps me learn to think, speak, and act wisely is the practice of reading through the book of Proverbs each month. Along with my regular daily reading plan, I read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month. If wisdom is one of your values and you want to grow in this God-quality, why not give the book of Proverbs a try for the rest of the year. See how you like it! See how it likes you!


Father, Help me to grow wise and not foolish. May the words I speak and the things I do not make trouble for me or for those I love and influence. Teach me by your Word and guide me by your Spirit. May I learn more and more to think, speak, and act wisely.

5 O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you. 6 Don’t let those who trust in you stumble because of me, O Sovereign Lord Almighty. Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:5-6 NLT) Amen.

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