S74P10 – When fools rush in: hope still remains

Pro. 26:12

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

They were the brothers who everyone would call when they wanted to have a good time.  Family money made their lifestyle easy, and their only goal in life was to find pleasure.  Both brothers lived this way, and they seemed to feed off each other.  It was as if each was trying to be wilder, crazier and more outrageous than the other.  There was, however, one stark difference between the two.  The younger brother really thought that he had it made.  No one could tell him any different, and he had everything figured out.  In his eyes, the life he led was perfect.  The older brother, on the other hand, knew exactly how out of control and unhealthy his lifestyle was.  Foolish as he was to live like this, he never stopped thinking that there must be a better way.

Show me a wise child of God who lives according to his will, and I will show you a lost fool who has found hope.  We do not come into this world with spiritual wisdom and knowledge.  We come into this world with a blank slate in that respect.  Foolishness abounds before Christ intercedes.  This is so important for us to remember when we meet people who are as lost as we were or maybe more so.  We even might meet some who project an air of knowing it all, but we must get below the surface to find that hopeful fool.  If we lovingly and gently can lead the lost to understand the foolishness in which they live, then perhaps we can lead them to having hope for a change ahead. 

There was a time when I thought I had it all figured out, and God allowed me to discover that this was not the case at all.  During that time of pride, there was no way that the Spirit was going to get through to me.  I had to realize at some point that I did not have all the answers (or any answers).  I had to recognize that there was something more, something different, something better for me to chase.  That was the beginning of hope for this fool.  That was when I decided that perhaps I should give God the chance to run this life I had ruined.  Father, we ask for a revelation for the lost that they would recognize their foolishness for what it is and begin to have hope in You for something more.