Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 4th, 2021

The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

Proverbs 10:8 (NLT)

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Babbling Fools

According to an article in Canadian Living magazine, “Research indicates that up to the age of five or six months, infants are good at distinguishing a variety of speech sounds, called phonemes, from all languages. But between six and twelve months, they lose the ability to distinguish the phonemes that are not part of their parents’ language, the language they hear every day. During the same period, their vocal ability improves quickly. The next step toward language is a string of cooing sounds, called babbling.”


When babies start babbling, parents are excited and grandparents think they are the cutest thing. It’s a sign they are growing up. But when adults babble, it is seen as foolishness and disturbing. This is how it always has been. I love how King Solomon describes it in Proverbs 10:8: “The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.” There are many in our world who consider themselves intelligent but we shake our heads at what they are espousing. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That makes sense since He is the Creator of all things and is the fount of all wisdom. God gives us a desire to know Him and to study His word. As Solomon says here, we are glad to be instructed. Those who reject the Lord and the wisdom and knowledge He gives through His word by the Holy Spirit may be well educated and intelligent – many are. But the Bible considers them foolish. As Psalm 14:1 teaches, “the fool says in his heart there is no God.” The wisdom of God is available to all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley