Well, if you guessed the number of pounds that the average American threw away was 23.2 lbs you were right. Wow can you believe that?
Prov. 26:3 “Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back.”
This warning is giving us the instruction that we need in order to show any real progress, to recognize that to guide a horse or a donkey is easier than with a foolish person. The reason being that the only hope for progress with a foolish person is by the use of control & restraint.
Even though the use of a bridle can give inspiration to a horse, (bit in the mouth, or some form of striking), the donkey can be directed by a bit in his mouth and possibly a carrot dangling almost in his reach, however, only sharp correction can bring proper motivation to a foolish person.
The Psalmist gives us this instruction in 32:9 “Don’t be like a senseless horse or mule, that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
This warning is to realize that using fools is to recognize that your fate may be to get nothing profitable done or to go totally off the rails which may achieve harm rather than anything beneficial.
This verses intention is to cause us to review our lives and determine whether we have been foolish in our lives. Have we desired to walk in Our Fathers ways or traveled purposelessly in our own undirected lives.
So Go With God and we can be assured that our lives will result in purpose & meaning.
When a young boy I would stop plowing the trench at the end of the row, that we were going to put seed in the next step. I would look and see whether I had set my course with proper direction or had I taken my eyes off of the guidelines given me by my mother. The straightness of the row was living proof of my action. To take my eyes off the calling given would result in useless efforts & I would have to raise the plow and return to the other side of the field and begin again.
So also is our warning for today, ”keep your course set on the calling of God in Christ Jesus”. We will never regret that decisive action.