William Blake, English poet, painter, and visual artistry pioneer, was infatuated by biblical prophecy and the proverbs, so between 1790-93 he composed his own prophecies and proverbs. Among them, we find this: “The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom: no clock can measure.”
How often have you heard someone say, “If I could only have those five minutes back again I would never have done what I did.” Or something like this: “That was the worst ten minutes of my life.” Almost everyday, someone is heard lamenting what they did as a prank or without thinking as a waste of time. It seems that such folly imprints itself on the mind in an indelible way so as to make it impossible to erase or forget.
But have you ever heard anyone complain because they spent too much time on things that were successful, enjoyable, and worth doing? I doubt it. As a matter of fact, when things are going right and there is contentment of heart and satisfaction of mind, you are more likely to hear someone say, “I hope this never ends.” This then should give everyone a formula by which to measure their own use of time in things that can be determined as a worthwhile or worthless use of time. Especially, when it comes to our spiritual life and service to God.
If you find yourself just turning the pages of the Bible so you can say you read it, or constantly looking at the exit door during worship, hoping it will be over soon so you can go do the with the things you really want do, yet be able to tell everyone you went to church or giving away old clothes and food items that have expired just so you can brag about your generosity, that’s folly. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “folly” as: “the lack of good sense or judgment: a foolish act or idea: foolish behavior.”
It isn’t that these things themselves are wrong, but that they do not promote seeking knowledge and gaining wisdom. It has been proven that when you become absorbed in reading and studying God’s Word, or in carrying out directions from the Holy Spirit with all your heart and soul, it’s amazing how two hours can seem like only twenty minutes, and you come away knowing something new you could have never learned any other way. – Dr. Robert R Seyda