What if there was a question that could make you a million dollars, restore your marriage, and grow your business? Sound too good to be true? It is not… Here is the question:
In light of your past experiences, present circumstances, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?
Last week we talked about the first two kinds of people: The Simple person is the person who does not have much life experience. They see life through a small lens. There is nothing wrong with them, but their need for guidance is very important. The second kind of person is the fool. They know what wisdom says, but they just don’t care. They know what they are doing ends bad, they just do it anyway. They know being on a computer late at night alone, going to lunch with a woman they are not married to, drinking too much, and spending more than they make is a bad idea. Since they do not care it goes very bad for them, and scripture says they are a fool.
The mocker is a fool on steroids. They make fun of people who do right. They are critical, condescending, think they are always right, and think they can control outcomes. If you try to correct these people. It is miserable. It will be a personal attack where they try to make others seem small and they seem big.
Correct the Simple, they won’t get your
Correct the Fool, they will ignore you
Correct the Mocker, they will love you
Correct the Wise, they will love you
If you choose to stay simple, a fool, or a mocker here is Proverbs warning:
Proverbs 1:22-33 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
4. The Wise
The wise person knows what they do not know. They know they need council. They know they should trust counsel more than they trust their own wisdom. They have a great dependance on the Lord for guidance and strength.
In light of your past experiences, your present circumstances and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?
So where are you simple, invite some guidance. Where you are a fool, know the consequences of sin by far out way its pleasure. Where you are a mocker, know if you keep up what you are doing you will eventually be alone. No one will want you in their life. Choose wisdom! Be Vital!
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus