How a Biblical Fool Got a New Reputation

I was a biblical fool. I didn’t want to wear the fool’s garment anymore, but how could I be free? I needed a reputation change. Here’s how God changed me.


One day about 20 years ago, I sat down to spend time with God. I sensed Him near me as I enjoyed the morsels of His Word.

My plan to read one chapter from Proverbs a day was in full swing. It helped me read my Bible on a regular basis. The plan is easy to remember; you read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the calendar day of the month since it has 31 chapters.

As I read, I started seeing a disturbing pattern. Certain words and phrases were oddly familiar. I wasn’t quite sure, so I skimmed for confirmation. Yep, to my horror, it was there.

It was one of those moments when you get to the bathroom after sitting at the restaurant table with your friends, and you look in the mirror and discover what everyone else had probably already seen.

I have mustard on my cheek? Why does everyone pretend like they don’t notice when they’re looking right at me?

It felt like that eye-catching bright yellow mustard.

I. am. a. Fool.

Embarrassment overcame my soul. Tears fell in torrents.

Why didn’t anyone tell me?

But people aren’t to be my Holy Spirit.

The Biblical Fool’s Reflection

I saw a reflection of myself while I read His Word. The Bible is a mirror disguised as a book, after all. It was staring at me from the black text printed on the thin white paper of my Bible:

  • always right…..Proverbs 12:15
  • easily offended…..Proverbs 12:16
  • despised my parents’ instruction…..Proverbs 15:5
  • opinionated…..Proverbs 18:2
  • argumentative…..Proverbs 18:6

That list described me—a biblical fool—and that’s how others viewed me as well.

It felt as if I’d been living in Foolsville. I wanted to move out that very day without securing a house elsewhere. Since I was on a journey following God, nothing else mattered.

I didn’t want to wear the fool’s garment anymore but needed a reputation change instead.

He didn’t abandon me, this biblical fool. He spoke to me there; I noticed almost every verse or passage that talked about a fool countered with the characteristics of the wise person. Oh, how I wanted to be that person!

The Biblical Fool’s Transformation

I resolved at that moment to undertake a study on wisdom.

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Proverbs 28:26 ESV

Yes, God, deliver me from being a biblical fool because I have been making stupid decisions!

This was before the internet existed (can you imagine?), and I didn’t have a computer. I borrowed a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and wrote down locations for Scriptures on wisdom in the Old Testament, and then some from the New Testament. 189 in total. I was serious.

Over the next few weeks, my determination looked like this. I dove deep:

  • Wrote out 44 of those verses
  • Saturated myself in them
  • Repented
  • Applied them to my life
  • Prayed them over my heart
  • Thanked God for His promises

Over time, discernment became a new part of me. I saw God’s Word changing me where I couldn’t change myself. It was inevitable because He is faithful to keep His promises.

One such beautiful promise is this one on wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV

Tears fill my eyes in gratefulness for what He’s done for me. God’s Word is powerful! 

God Brings Change

If you desire a change like this, dive deep. Start in the first dozen verses of Proverbs chapter two:

1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,

2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,

4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,

12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, Proverbs 2:1-12, ESV

Do you recognize yourself as a biblical fool? How do you see the transformation power of God’s Word in your life to help you overcome a part of your “old nature”?

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10 Comments

  1. Dear Kelly,

    Truly the word of God transcends borders. I’m so touched by your post and I’m glad I’ve learned something so important from it! Thank you for sharing this item of clothing we all wear without shame at times! How deceived we are. Well, like you I am discovering that I’m a fool too! Yip! The same one the wisdom book speaks of. Thank God He is faithful to deliver us from our old nature and make us these amazingly-wonderful -wisdom-filled people. Thank you for your post! #veryencouraging

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful! Yes, He is faithful to transform us into His image. It takes a humility, sometimes though, to allow Him to make adjustments on us and help align our thinking to His. Thanks so much for leaving a comment! 🙂

  2. What can I say to message like that, except AMEN! Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom! What a blessed way to start my day!

    1. Happy you were blessed, Martha! I love verses on wisdom now. I think it’s something we need everyday.

  3. Yeah, Kelly!!! I love this. Thank you for honest, good-natured humor, and words saturated with HIS Word! I’ve been a fool living in foolsville in my own ways too, and when the Holy Spirit brings about that recognition, it’s time to start asking for a new outfit. A.m.e.n. Thank you!

    1. So glad to see you here! If only we could all do just what you said, and make changes when the Holy Spirit reveals what is in us. It’s a process, for sure!

  4. Kelly, as always, your words challenge me as well. I began a study of wisdom a month ago, but I haven’t started reading the verses yet. I will now, though. Thank you for sharing.
    Have you heard of e-sword? It is a powerful, free online Bible study app. It’s uses and features are seemingly inexhaustible. It pulled up every appearance of “wisdom” in the entire Bible in seconds, in the version I chose. Just sayin’

    1. That’s awesome that you’re studying wisdom. Good stuff.

      Yeah, I pulled it up the other day and it was asking me to pay to do what I usually do on BlueLetterBible.com, so I went back to it. There’s more options on BLB that I discovered after that and I have been using it a long time. I may look at e-sword again if I get a chance soon.

  5. Love how God’s word changes us where we cannot change ourselves. Such truth here Kelly! And such freedom in knowing all we have to do is yield:) Crystal~

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