It is like binding a stone in a sling to give honor to a fool.
It is utter foolishness to put a fool in a place of honor and authority. Like tying a stone to a sling, it is not only ineffective, it is downright dangerous. To put fools in a position where people will look to them for guidance, will be a catalyst for the people to be led astray to places where they will experience life being robbed of them instead of life being given to them.
And who is a fool according to Proverbs? Let us remind ourselves. Three qualities make up the essential nature of a fool:
1) The fool is unwilling to learn by means of discipline, or formal instruction, or a word of advice, or personal experience. They are unteachable and uncoachable.
2) The fool lacks self-control. Both the speech and the behavior of fools demonstrate a lack of restraint. They are in a morally deprived state.
3) The fool is the one who rejects the fear of the Lord. Fools are not even at the starting point of true wisdom.
Putting people who are in this state in authority to shepherd others is the ultimate in foolishness. Yet we do this when we admire people of great education or accomplishments even though they may lack a real relationship and connection with God Himself.
One cannot effectively lead others without being connected to the Source of power and wisdom themselves. You can only lead as far as you’ve journeyed.
“So let me tell you this,” He said to the disciples, “Don’t be anxious about your life-what you should eat; your body-what you should wear….This is what you should search for: God’s kingdom! Then all the rest will be given you as well. Don’t be afraid, little flock. Your Father is delighted to give you the kingdom.”
Rest in me and the life I gave you, for it is the perfect life to shape you into the person I destined you to be before the foundation of the world.