Mockery Week: The Price of Mockery

“If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”(Proverbs 9:12)

“Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings for the backs of fools.” (Proverbs 19:29)

Mocking might not make you popular, but at least it always hurts in the end. I mean, living to tear people and ideas down is terribly unfulfilling, but one day you’ll regret every moment of it. Okay, that’s not coming out right.

mock_350Bottom line: Mocking doesn’t pay. It might feel good to us in the moment to take joy in scoffing, ridiculing, or belittling God or other people, but you’ll be shocked to learn nobody likes to be mocked. Eventually, society finds a way to punish those who make a lifestyle out of finding new ways to make everyone feel stupid.

Wisdom, on the other hand, gives out prizes to those who follow her. Life becomes easier, more meaningful, and more joyful for those who live it according to God’s wise design.

Think: Have you ever seen anyone suffer a painful consequence for mocking God or others? Have you ever seen anyone benefit from making a wise choice?

Pray: Ask God to help you to live wise and reap the benefits of that. Also ask him to help you to get a bad taste in your mouth any time you’re tempted to join the mockers.

Do: Any ideas about some specific ways or reasons that mockers might suffer alone?