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This morning, my husband received a random email message with the subject, Two Spiritual Message for us.   The message went like this:

“Hi,

1. Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

2. God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk.

Thanks and Regards,

Miss  ____________”

Chris and I just shook our heads.

Perhaps these were randomly generated thoughts meant to garner a response by causing the recipient to challenge the sender’s logic or lack thereof.  Perhaps the sender genuinely believes what she has written and in good faith, wants to share her heart felt convictions.  Whatever the sender’s intention, I can confidently say that nowhere in the Bible will you find scripture that supports the claim that “stupidity is a gift from God,” nor do I know of any worldview that espouses such an idea.  No one wants to be known as a fool.  We can certainly learn from our foolish decisions but most people do not knowingly, willingly and continually choose foolishness or perceive it as a gift.

Last summer, I spent six weeks studying  Psalms and Proverbs in the Bible.   One early morning, I observed something very interesting – that both wisdom and folly “call out”.

Proverbs 9: 13-15 says, “The woman Folly is loud, she is undisciplined and without knowledge. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way.”

Proverbs 8:1-4 says, ” Does not wisdom call out?  Does not understanding raise her voice?  On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud.

Every day of our lives, we come to numerous forks in the road and we make decisions – many small ones and some big ones.   If I were to make a sweeping statement, I would say that the path of foolishness is easier – wisdom is definitely the road less travelled.  Discernment, faith, learning from our mistakes and just plain old practice teach us to choose wisdom, no matter how tempting it is to give into the easy way.   There are no shortcuts to wisdom.

Both foolishness and wisdom call out to us but …

Proverbs 4:6-8  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Esteem her and she will exalt you; embrace her and she will honor you.

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