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Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.     Proverbs 13:20 

You have heard it said, “It is not WHAT you know but WHO you know.” The maxim is not bulletproof, but it does have merit. The Bible has a lot to say about wise people versus foolish people and the difference is clear. 

The world describes a fool as a person lacking good sense. In the spiritual realm, that person is also known as one who disregards God. “The fool says in his heart, there is no God” (Psalm 53:1). You likely know, and possibly love, a few folks that fall into that category. As a follower of Christ, those relationships may be challenging. While you long to share life fully with your loved ones, those disregarding God estrange themselves from a significant portion of the abundant life God offers that you enjoy. Most foolish people participate in behaviors that you, as a believer, choose not to do. “For the fool speaks folly, and his heart is busy with iniquity, to practice ungodliness, to utter error concerning the LORD” (Isaiah 32:6). Does God call you to abandon unbelievers in your life? Absolutely not! However, He does warn you to consider the ways of foolish people and be careful not to get tangled up in foolish practices.   

A person’s relationship with God is a barometer of discerning the wise from the foolish, and that is true of nations also. Pray for governing officials in America to choose allies carefully, and hold firm to the godly principles that founded the nation. Ask the Lord to give decision-makers the courage to stand with those proven to be wise and to stay away from the practices of those disregarding Him. 

Today’s Verse: Proverbs 13:20  

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, 
    but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Titus 3:3-7    

3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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