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  • Writer's pictureTrey Harper

Hey, Stupid!

I follow a number of satire accounts on social media. The other day, one of them posted something to the effect of “No one ever puts Proverbs 30.2 as their life’s mantra”. And for good reason! Deciding you want to make your life follow the Bible is a good thing. Many of us may choose a verse like, “Be strong and courageous”, or “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. This is a good thing! Since Jesus has shown us how to live, we do well to emulate the principles He has given for emulation.

Similarly, we do well to have scripture prepared for daily conversation. Something like walking down the ice cream aisle and proclaiming, “Get thee BEHIND ME SATAN!” When opening our social media apps we do well to remember, “a fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back”. If you ask my wife, my favorite verse to quote lately is not even to quote the words, but to just repeat the address of the words (the book-chapter-verse). I consider myself wise in not actually saying to my beautiful bride, “you speak as one of the foolish women speak”. It would be stupid of me to say much more on this in particular verse. Which brings me to fulfill the suspense

“Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man” Proverbs 30.2. (Yes, “stupid” is in the Bible)

I can take comfort in knowing that I can be less stupid than this guy. The next verse is, “I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.” I know who that is! Jesus is the Holy One! Jesus is the One appointed by God to be the Holy One of Israel. Jesus is the one who is given all power and authority. Jesus is the the fulfillment of every prophecy and every question of whom the Messiah would be (like this question from Agur). I am less stupid than Agur!

Do you know the Holy One? What do you know about Him? (test yourself with how much you can answer about what verse 4 says) Did you know He is the only name by which any stupid man can be saved? Verses 5-6 talk about Jesus being a shield to those who trust in His words. Have you entrusted your life to Him? Remember, don’t be stupid.


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