• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 3, 2021

Daily Reading: I Samuel 25-27

1 Samuel 26:21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.

A king admitted that he "played the fool". Over and over again he attempted to kill David. Time and again, David did him good. Coming face to face with this caused the king to say, "I played the fool." It could be said he "came to his senses." Another way of putting it was that he "came to himself." Like the prodigal son in the New Testament, this man, King Saul came to himself, and when he did, he didn't like what he saw.

Been there? Yep, I have. More times than I wish to recount I've played the fool. Proverbs 29:11 records, A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. I've done that! Proverbs 1:7 states ...fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief. 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes. 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin. Been there, been there, been there. Sad to say, been there too! I've played the fool, yes sir I have.

But praise the Lord, I came to myself! This is the wonderful thing about our Lord. He suffers fools with patience. Frankly, this is all He has to work with, fools. To one degree or another we have all played the fool. Someone once said that "God can hit a mighty lick with a crooked stick." How true. No doubt there is still some foolishness in my future. There will be times that I will have to admit "I've played the fool again." When this happens there will only be one choice: admit it, make it right, learn from it, and continue on. This is a four-step program for fools. So, if by chance you ever realize you've "played the fool", admit it, make it right, learn from it and continue on.

Leaving you with this thought is an added bonus. I'd much rather realize that "I've played the fool" than to realize that I have "been played" as a fool. Something to think about today.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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