The Foolishness of Prodigality – Bible Journey Day 15

Bible Journey – Day 15

The Foolishness of Prodigality

Proverbs 24:23-26:16

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,



About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 11 October, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s a difficult spot to be in. A lot of us have our own stories to share, but we are too fearful. When we do share them, often, no one listens because we have such little connection with the upcoming generation. Something has to be done.

    Love your stuff bro.

    • Doug, those connections can only be established by authenticity — we’ve got to tear the walls down. Jesus died to tear down the walls between us (Paul makes that especially clear in Ephesians) and to create a new kind of humanity by authentic unity – the kind of unity that comes from foxhole-style honesty.

      Have you ever watched Band of Brothers? it is my favorite WWII depiction, because it doesn’t glorify these guys — they’re authentic guys who put their lives in each other’s hands. When we start putting our lives in the hands of upcoming generations, they’ll start listening.

      That’s the Jesus Way — scary and mostly blind, but totally dedicated. I suck at it, too, but we’re gonna hang in there together!

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