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The A-Team is a classic TV. It was an action-adventure television series about former members of a U.S. Special Forces unit. The members, after being court-martialed “for a crime they didn’t commit”, escaped from military prison. While still on the run, they worked as soldiers of fortune.
Everyone’s favorite character was Bosco “B.A.” (Bad Attitude) Baracus. He was the muscle for the A-Team, able to perform exceptional feats of strength. Baracus generally wore overalls and animal print shirts. He was almost always seen with about 50 pounds of gold necklaces, rings on every finger, and also had a sweet mohawk. The first thing most people think of when they think of B.A. Baracus is his catchphrase “I pity the fool.”
Foolishness is the opposite of Wisdom. The Bible talks extensively about foolish people. The Bible mentions fools at least 187 times. A fool is someone who lacks judgment or wisdom. Proverbs 24:7 says, “Wisdom is too high for a fool.”
God’s word has all types of great tips on how not to be a fool. In fact, the Bible talks about pursuing wisdom 481 times.
He tells us to control our mouths, or else we may be perceived as fools.
“…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” – Ecclesiastes 5:3
“A fool also is full of words” – Ecclesiastes 10:14
“the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” – Proverbs 15:2
God’s word encourages us to avoid foolish thinking.
“The thought of foolishness is sin” – Proverbs 24:9
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15
“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
Foolishness can creep into our hearts and control our emotions.
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” – Proverbs 28:26
“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” – Psalms 14:1-4
How do we heed Mr. T’s advice and avoid being foolish? Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The foolish man builds his life upon the changing sands of this world. This person will experience brokenness, pain, sorrow, and hurt. But the wise man builds his house upon the rock, Jesus Christ. Jesus can’t be an accessory of your life or the satellite dish on top. He must be the foundation of your life. In our nature, we are all foolish, and we can’t change that. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Christ must do it for us.
We must ask God daily to keep us from foolishness and give us wisdom. Build your life upon Jesus and His Word and you will not be sorry.