Ecclesiastes 7:6

6Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is t  he laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.   

Boxer Sabri Sediri expected to win a title bout against Sam Maxwell. In the final round, Sediri stopped boxing. Instead, he taunted Maxwell (a violation of one of boxing oldest rules—hands up, chin down). Suddenly, a brutal right cross from Maxwell connected on Sediri’s jaw that sent him crashing to the canvas. Sediri got up but the referee called an end to the fight. What Sediri got for taunting was the most embarrassing technical knockout loss in high-level boxing. A fight is never over until it’s over.

Sam Maxwell was losing the fight, taunted by Sediri, and then he won the fight with 10 second to go! He couldn’t believe it. Nobody watching the fight could believe it. It was the kind of comeback reserved for movies. That meltdown doesn’t happen in real life until it happened in this bout. What a lesson in sportsmanship — Sediri certainly found that one out the hard way.

Taunting, mocking and laughing at an opponent are ingredients of foolishness that contaminated humanity in all generations. When the Israelites went to battle against the Philistines, it narrates in 2 Samuel 21:20-21, 20There was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all… 21When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.

Unmindful overconfidence is foolishness with unpleasant consequences. It’s foolishness to reject God’s gift of eternal life. “Like crackling of thorns in the fire, so is the laughter of fools.” Not a few have taunted and made fun of Christians for trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. They can laugh now because they cannot in eternity.

Psalm 14:1 declares, 1The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

Lord Jesus, let respectful fear of God prevail in my heart.

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