Summertime

I love this weather.

I know that for many in Park Rapids, this weather is just another reminder of why they don’t live in Arizona, but I love it. I love the sunshine, the fact that I don’t have to grab a jacket before I leave the house, and all the smells of summertime. I wish it were a little longer, but I enjoy it while I can.

In honor of these hot summer days, I would like to look at a verse from Scripture. It’s found in Proverbs 26:1, and it says “As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.” As much as some (not me) would enjoy to have two inches of snow on a day like today, everyone would find it odd. People would talk for years to come about the day it was 90 degrees one day we had snow the next. It wouldn’t make any sense. Snow and summer don’t go together.

This verse is saying that just like snow and summer don’t go well together, and just like rain and harvest-time don’t go together, so honor and fools don’t go together. A fool is someone who lives life without any regard to how God wants him to order his steps. A fool is someone who constantly commits errors in life because he never seeks out the “God of wisdom.” These type of people, says Proverbs, don’t deserve honor. We shouldn’t put fools as people to emulate and admire.

Sadly, this is what our culture does many times. Whether it is a brash athlete, an immoral entertainer, or another leader, we don’t always value someone who makes wise, godly decisions. Solomon says giving honor to fools is about as right as snow in summer. Let this verse teach you God’s wisdom on this beautiful summer day.

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