This proverb reminds us of an amazing truth about ourselves. Our own choices (“a person’s own folly”) create a bunch of really bad consequences (“leads to their ruin”).
But, then, what do we do about it? We just get mad at God and blame Him for our problems (“yet their heart rages against the LORD”).
Let’s review…we do dumb stuff and have to live with the consequences. Then we get mad at God because of what happens!
I think that about covers it!
Insanity is often described as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” A favorite Clinton phrase in the 80’s and generally attributed to Albert Einstein (although with no actual evidence), it may well have originated in the world of addiction recovery.
Either way, such a concept fits with our verse. Until we accept responsibility for our choices and quit acting like a victim, we will continue in our “folly.” And we will also continue to experience the resultant “ruin” of this verse.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! I can change my attitude, begin making better decisions and start listening to the LORD instead of fighting Him. It will lead to much better results!