“Those who trust in themselves is a fool” Proverbs 28:26 (NIV)
Choose wisdom over foolishness . . .
I remember the first time I piloted the family ski-boat: A crowd had gathered to watch me launch. Young and cocksure as I was, I fired up the engines, opened the throttles, and took off. The boat was slicing through the water, the wind whipping through my hair, and the bow riding high on the waves of the Knysna lagoon. Then, no more than thirty seconds out, I came to a shuddering halt as the boat hit a submerged sandbank. With the crowd laughing and shouting instructions from the shore I jumped overboard into ankle deep water. Red-faced, I pushed and heaved the boat back the way I’d come. In deep water again I cautiously moved ahead and, looking around, noticed the buoys marking the deep water channel!
Then there was the couple who, like I had been, were new to boating. They took their brand-new twenty-two foot Bayliner into Lake Isabella, an hour east of Bakersfield, California, and pulled away from the shore. But no matter how hard they tried they couldn’t get the boat to plane. It was sluggish, even when full power was applied. After an hour of trying to make it go, they went to a nearby marina in the hope that someone could tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard . . . strapped securely in place, under the boat, was the trailer!
Don’t laugh too hard – I’m not the only fool. See if any of the following verses are maybe speaking about you:
“Whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18).
“A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct” (Proverbs 10:23).
“A fool shows his annoyance at once” (Proverbs 12:16).
“A fool is hotheaded and reckless” (Proverbs 14:16).
“A fool spurns his father’s discipline” (Proverbs 15:5).
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding” (Proverbs 18:2).
“A fool delights in airing his own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2).
“Every fool is quick to quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3).
“A fool gives full vent to his anger” (Proverbs 29:11).