Today’s Scripture: How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:22

All of us sound foolish at times in our lives. There are times we give answers that are absolutely foolish and we don’t even realize it at the time. There is a difference between sounding foolish and being foolish.

Everyone is going to make a slip. Everyone is going to say something they wish they hadn’t said. We are going to say things that are better left unsaid. What does it mean to be a fool?

Proverbs 13:20a says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise…” Many people think that wisdom is gained from studying books in school, or they believe wisdom has to do with a person’s IQ. However, that is intelligence and is separate from wisdom. A person with what would be considered “low intelligence” can be very wise when it comes to Christ. By the same token, a person with what the world considers “high intelligence” can be a fool. IQ has nothing to do with being a fool or being wise.

Looking at this verse, it is easy to see that if you hang around people who are wise when it comes to the Lord, then you will be wise as well. If you hang around people who witness, then you will witness as well. If you are around people who are taking a stand for Christ, it is going to help you take a stand.

Proverbs 13:20 concludes, “but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Who you spend your time with will have an influence in your life.

Who are your friends? Are they wise or foolish? Choose companions that bring you closer to the Lord.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder