fire insurance // folly

get caught up

i am a fool, i admit it.  

i have failed, repented, and failed again.

i have been picked up by the Lord, placed back on my path, 
only to stray as i make my way down the road..

can anyone relate??

this current series is about keeping ourselves safe from the fire and on track towards Heaven.  we are wired to stray; we are human.  but within God's word is a special section of instruction meant for us to use as a map through life.  Proverbs contains all of the guidance we need to stay on course and keep ourselves clean and ready to reach our eternity.

but still, we struggle..

and one of those most common trips comes in the form of folly

folly is defined as:  "lack of good sense; foolishness; madness; nonsense."

with the Lord as our perfect Creator there is no doubt He is our source of anything good and true.  when we defy that, and we exhibit disobedience, how else do we describe such actions other than with "folly" ?


folly is found all throughout the Bible, long before Proverbs.

1 Sam 25:25
when Abigail apologized to King David for her husband, Nabal, and his foolish actions:

"Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name--his name means "fool" and folly goes with him."  

Job 42:7-9
when the Lord spoke to Job's friends, Eliphaz and Taminite:

 “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has...I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly."

Psalm 69:5
when David cries out to God about his past sin:

 "You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you."

Ecclesiastes 10:1
from the wise King Solomon, who certainly knew both wisdom and folly: 

"As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom.." 

and so on.. 
the Lord wishes so deeply for us to choose wisdom over folly because He knows it is our most easy and sure path to freedom.  yes, we are free in Him, but we can hold a ticket to Heaven in even the most proud and foolish hands.  God does not give up on us but instead, speaks to us and asks us to follow Him instead of the world.  many may argue that a sinner cannot enter Heaven.. i invite you remember we are ALL sinners, and read one of the most popular passages about God's love and grace.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4)

through the darkest valley, or as some translations say, "the valley of the shadow of death."   sisters, we live in that valley right now.  earth is the valley of the shadow of death.  this life is what will perish; Heaven is where we need to set our sights.  

the rod and staff mentioned here are God's ongoing correction.  the Lord walks with us here on earth and guides us to live wisely so as not to fall into the devil's snares and engage in folly.  folly keeps us from Him, and when we practice folly, we receive reprimand.  some will say this is the act of a merciless and mean God.  i'd like you to recall the many popular comparisons of God's love to an earthly father's love.  do we not give our children correction when they stray?  do we not let them know when they disappoint us?  do we not try to get them back on track, as we know what poor decisions can cause?  God watches us and corrects us in this way.

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. 
(Proverbs 22:15)

it is with His great love that He works to keep us on track.  He provides an inspired set of instruction, complete with potential praises and consequences.  He speaks to us in prayer.  He covers us in angels.  He is in constant communication.  

a surefire way to know we are falling into folly is if we stop hearing God and begin hearing more of ourself.  consider this the next time you are the fork in the road and in need of a decision.  consider the wise way and the foolish way.  only one keeps us from the fire.

do you struggle between wisdom and folly?? 

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