Today’s passage is one that every person can relate to. It is one that should practically hit home. Chapter 10 talks about wisdom and foolishness. The reason this refers to all people is because of what it says in verse 2. It speaks of the right and the left. Often the right hand is associated with strength and blessing. However, in this passage we see that he refers to the left as well, which is likely alluding to the fact that we all have a right and a left and we all have times of wisdom and foolishness.
He goes on later to describe times when unexpected people were wise and people who were expected to be wise were very foolish. It is a great reminder that we all have the capacity to make great decisions or poor decisions. Verse 15 speaks to the results of our actions and decisions. Essentially saying that when we make foolish decisions we make things much more difficult for ourselves. The fool that is working in the fields makes things so much harder because he does not know where to go with the harvest.
When we decide to say something hurtful we have to take a lot of time to mend that wrong. When we are unwise with our finances we have to spend years under the weight of debt. We don’t always mean to make a foolish decision, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t consequence for it, just like the fool digging the hole and then falling into the hole. He wasn’t intending to fall in the hole.
So as we navigate life, we must be cautious and thoughtful about the decisions we make. We all have opportunities to pursue learning and wisdom through discipleships, or council, or Connect Group relationships. The question is, will you seek that council?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate