by: FCC Staff
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.
In our culture, we have many sayings and metaphors for things that are useless. Like a screen door on a submarine, or a hammer made of glass, worthless things should be avoided or sought after. Our proverb for today tells us that showing honor to someone who is foolish is a worthless endeavor, like snow in the summer or rain at harvest time.
Both snow and rain were very important to the agricultural economy of ancient Israel. But if they came at the wrong time, they were useless. Worse than useless, they were a hindrance and destructive. But we all know that when it comes to foolish choices, we can get caught up in the temptation to praise it as wisdom if we feel like it may be the popular choice.
When we seek out the praise of others, we can certainly be tempted to walk away from our morals in doing so. Paul warned Timothy in his second letter to him, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Far from a ringing endorsement of foolish behavior, Paul tells Timothy to avoid such people. Too often, however, we allow ourselves to become entangled in the foolishness of others, saying we cannot “judge” or that is represents “the lesser of two evils.” No, we should not give our endorsement to foolish behavior out of a sense of compassion or love. That enables poor choices and robs people of any accountability for their actions.
So today, let’s avoid foolishness, and certainly not waste our time praising it. Jesus is our model and guide as to what is praiseworthy and certainly we are not lacking in things to show him honor for, so let’s not squander them upon the undeserving.
Prayer for Today
Father, help me to avoid foolish behavior, or show it honor. I know I am called to serve you, so let my thoughts and deeds today bring You honor, not the world. By your Holy Spirit give me the wisdom to see what is wise and worthy of honor, and what is foolish and not worth my time. Send to me blessings and correction in your will that I may bring glory to your name. Amen.