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. There are times we give answers that are absolutely ridiculous, only we don’t realize it at the time. However, there is a difference in sounding foolish and being foolish.

What does it mean to be a fool? Proverbs 13:20 states, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.” Many people think wisdom is gained from studying books in school, or they think that being wise is somehow tied up in a person’s IQ. That is intelligence, and wisdom and intelligence are two very different things. 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.

But 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 are going to be wise as well. If you hang around people who witness, then you will witness, too. If you are around people who take a stand for Christ, it will be easier for you to take a stand.

Proverbs 13:20b goes on to say, “…But a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”This verse doesn’t state when the fool will be destroyed, but it does say that those who run with fools will be destroyed.

Who are your friends? Are they wise or are they foolish? Remember, don’t make someone your friend unless you are willing to become like them.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder