The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
It’s not easy to accept commands. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s one command, our natural inclination has been to disobey commands. Especially as children being told what to do by our parents, we often try and resist what we’ve been told to do.
But the wise in heart accept commands. We are not naturally wise in heart. We need a spiritual heart transplant. Solomon had the priviledge of being asked by God for whatever he want, and he chose wisdom. As naturally clueless, foolish beings, we desperately need wisdom.
A chattering fool on the other hand comes to ruin. He might tell his parents in all eloquence how much he loves them, but if he doesn’t demonstrate it by obeying commands, his words are empty and meaningless. The tongue makes great boasts, but it makes liars of us all.
Even Jesus’ follower Peter insisted that he would follow Christ to the cross. Jesus told him that not only would he fall away with the rest, but that he would deny Him thrice. Peter was ruined by guilt but restored by grace. Even chattering fools can be restored from ruin and given a heart of wisdom.
“Heavenly Father, please forgive my chattering foolishness and give me a heart of wisdom. Help me obey your commands and bring me back from the brink of ruin. In Jesus’ name, amen”