Beyond the Weekend

April 28 | A Fool’s Fun

April 28, 2020


READ Proverbs 28 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 28 is part of the second collection of Solomon’s proverbs, collected by King Hezekiah (Proverbs 25-29). This section contains vibrant and varied proverbs with many explicit comparisons. The chapter touches on being wise with power. The first half is devoted to everyone’s role in a just society.


A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. Proverbs 10:23 (NLT)

Read: Proverbs 10:23

Listen: Proverbs 10


As the third king of Israel and the author of many Proverbs, Solomon probably had a long list of those who were characterized by either “foolishness” or “wisdom.” It probably made for interesting conversation at a feast around a banquet table! As he thought of the foolish, he described them as finding pleasure “in wicked schemes.” In today’s reading for The Wisdom Challenge, we read another description and contrast, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe” (Proverbs 28:26). As described by Solomon, “fools” engage in risky behavior.

Today we might describe the fool as someone who says, “I’ve got this” or “I can handle this.” It’s the person who says, ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever.” But that’s as far as they go. They continue to watch the same entertainment, drink too much with their friends, or move dangerously towards someone, not their spouse. They do it because “doing wrong is fun for the fool…” (Proverbs 10:23 NLT). Being a fool is fun, and they believe they can manage the danger. In reality, it’s pride and it’s dangerous.

It can be easy (and fun) to make foolish choices even when we realize we shouldn’t. There is an emotional rush that comes with unwise and risky decision. When we choose the foolish way, we need to remember we’re on a dangerous path and need to change direction. We need to stop ignoring the wisdom of family and friends.


Determine what you’re doing now that’s “fun”, but you know you shouldn’t be doing it. This first step is what the Bible describes as confession, admitting to God that what we’re doing is wrong and foolish (see 1 John 1:5-10, especially verse 9). Confess your foolish behavior to him and claim his forgiveness as you begin down a new path.

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