Fools Made Wise #33

Proverbs 11:1:

A false balance is an abomination to Yahweh, but accurate weights are his delight.

The thirty-third comic of Fools Made Wise starts in Proverbs 11. Let me briefly explain the overall structure of these comics. Proverbs chapters 10-31 contain stand alone verses; this is why I started comic #1 at Proverbs 10:1. Proverbs chapters 1-9 are twelve letters from a father to his son. As we saw in comic #32, Leroy is getting ready to leave home. As he officially does this at the end of Proverbs 11, Pop is going to start sending him letters. In typical Leroy fashion, he is going to ignore them (to his own peril). So big picture: Proverbs 10:1-32 is 32 comics. Proverbs 11: 1-31 are 31 comics. I will then do a comic over Letter 1: Proverbs 1:1-7. After this, I will do comics on Proverbs 12. Then letter 2. And so on. This way, by the end of the project, I will have covered the entire book of Proverbs through comic strips. Hope that clarifies the big picture of where we are heading!

So in this comic (Proverbs 11:1), Leroy is getting ready to leave home. He tells Pop that he needs some greenbacks (money) for his upcoming adventure. Pop asks him how many hours he worked this week. Leroy tells him that counting prep time, he was a little shy of 40 hours. James is flabbergasted: “Prep time? What prep time?”

Leroy tells him that it takes him a long time to get in the mood to work. Pop tells Leroy that he will gladly compensate him for the hours he actually worked. He implores Leroy to be honest with him (this shows the main thrust of Proverbs 11:1, that a false balance is an abomination to Yahweh, but accurate weights are his delight).

Instead of listening to his Dad, Leroy angrily tells them that all they care about are their silly number games. The comic ends with Leroy telling Pop to add 15 minutes to his timesheet for this useless conversation.

May we learn from this comic the value of hard work: that God wants us to be honest with the things He’s entrusted in our care. Accurate weights are His delight, and they should be OUR delight as well! So instead of juking and jiving, may we be honest and hard working in all our dealings, just like Jesus was with us!


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