The Foolishness of Prodigality – Bible Journey Day 15
Bible Journey – Day 15
The Foolishness of Prodigality
Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control
(Pro 25:28 NRSV)
I think more hiring committees and human resource (wow, how I hate that phrase) managers would succeed in their endeavors if they’d read Proverbs – especially this section! Listen to some of these!
Like tying a stone in a sling,
so is giving honor to a fool.
Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Like an archer who wounds at random,
so is the one who hires a fool or hires any passer-by.
Like a dog that returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!”
Like a door that turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
(Pro 26:8-14 NET.)
But my favorite from this section has to be the one quoted at the beginning. What a vivid image – talk to any mental health professional or substance abuse counselor, and they could go on for hours telling stories of how people have destroyed their lives just like a population tearing down its own walls and letting itself be pillaged by roving enemies. One such professional has told me that he wished it was legal to make pre-teens and teenagers sit in on therapy sessions, so that they could see and hear first-hand the wreckage and disaster created by what began as “the cool thing to do.”
in HIS love,