Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help with something but didn’t want to look like you didn’t know what you were doing? Perhaps you didn’t want to look foolish and ask for directions, and in turn you got lost and ended up arriving late. Or perhaps you didn’t know where you were supposed to go, and aimlessly wandered the hallways. Or maybe you didn’t understand the protocol for an event and instead of asking for guidance you made a fool of yourself by clearly not knowing what was going on.
It is common to not want to look like a fool, but in our attempts to avoid looking like a fool we end up becoming a fool. Sometimes the wisest thing is to humble ourselves and accept help. King Jehoash knew that he needed help from the aging prophet Elisha, but when Elisha asked him to do something foolish King Jehoash didn’t want to fully comply. In his attempt to avoid looking foolish he became the fool, and it cost Israel greatly.
We may not be the king of God’s chosen people, but we still have opportunities where we need to humble ourselves and submit to God’s wisdom—even when it doesn’t make sense to us… yet.