Book: Proverbs 27
“A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.”
Imagine carrying a heavy rock around or a 10kg bag of sand around all day with you. At night it is still with you always letting you know how heavy it is. A proud person may feel like they are up to the challenge of carrying it for a day but soon find that it is annoying and frustrating. And then the question is, “why carry a heavy stone or a bag of sand with you?” Wouldn’t it be better to put it down and not bother with it?
This proverb reminds us that the carelessness of a fool when he speaks or takes action is worse than carrying a heavy rock around. It is a heavy load for the fool as he has to carry the reaction of his words and deeds. But it is also a heavy load for those who hang around a fool. Uncontrolled passion of anger and rage will lash out at those around causing them to feel the heavy weight. It is not a pleasant experience to be in the presence of a fool and having to put up with their antics.
The best strategy when coming across a fool is to get out of his way and keep your distance. This will protect yourself from the actions and words he might be sending forth.
How do we make sure we are not playing the fool but rather are being wise? Ephesians 5:15-20 helps us out answering this question: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
A wise person is one who is careful how they live by understanding what the Lord wants them to do, being obedient and being filled with the Holy Spirit. This gives freedom to be the people God has made us to be. Everything else will result in something heavier than “a bag of sand or a rock” in our lives.
Take time to consider how your actions and words today demonstrate living in wisdom.