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Feeding on Foolishness

A man working in the produce department was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce. He replied, “Half a head? Are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that’s how we sell them!”
“You mean,” she persisted, “that after all the years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?”
“Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.”
She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store. “You won’t believe this, but there’s a lame-braided idiot of a lady back there who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce.”
He noticed the manager gesturing, and turned around to see the lady standing behind him, obviously having followed him to the front of the store. “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half” he concluded.

Have you ever been “caught” having said something foolish? I certainly have. At those moments you just wish the floor would open up and swallow you. However, it does not, and we’re left with the results of our foolish words.

Proverbs 15:14b says, the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. A foolish person makes it their practice to make a meal of foolishness. We can picture a hungry person going after the things that would aid them in speaking foolishly. It’s like when a person is hungry late at night and they go to the pantry and are looking for something to snack on. They open the chips and munch away. They have a few cookies. The bag of M&M’s are consumed. Then they’re left with the result of that foolish snacking.

The mouth of the foolish look for things that would aid their foolish speaking. They are hungry for information, or news to feed on so they can share it with others. The opposite of foolishness is wisdom, and the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Prov. 9:10). We could say, then, that anything that disregards a fear of God is foolish. When I say cutting things about others behind their back I’m forgetting that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good.” (Prov. 15:3) That is foolish. When I say things that make me look good and others not so good, it’s foolish. When I speak about a person and say things I would never say to their face, guess what? Yes, there I stand in the pantry pigging out on foolishness.
It’s not just slander and gossip that are foolish. Sometimes we may say something while talking to a person that is totally unnecessary. It may be hurtful or cutting words. It may be something that is true, but better left unsaid. Proverbs 29:11 says, A fool utters all his mind, but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.

Psalm 34:8 gives us much better nourishment than foolish snacking. It says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good…” Rather than feeding on foolishness, we should instead talk about our wonderful Lord. He’s done so much for us. He’s never failed us. He loves us unconditionally. That’s something to talk about, and it will keep us from getting into trouble like the opening illustration of the clerk in the grocery store. Today, feed on God’s goodness instead of foolish things. It’s much tastier!

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