The Complacency of Fools

“For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.” (Proverbs 1:32, NIV)

complacency, noun

  1. a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.

Complacency is the realm of fools. We become complacent when we think we’re good. We think we don’t struggle with sin in a certain area. Or maybe we think we have it all figured out. Whatever the reason, we start to rest on our laurels at home, at work, or at church. Often, past success can easily turn into complacency.

But complacency is dangerous. When we’re over-confident, we’re ripe for failure. We’ve all seen the upset ball games where the underdog unexpectedly defeats a top-ranked team because they were too assured of victory. When we’re complacent, we stop depending on the Lord. We stop asking for His strength. We feel secure in our own abilities or situation while being unaware of the potential danger of sin that is crouching at our door, ready to spring.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we acknowledge our weakness, we make room for the Lord’s power to work in us. Where am I complacent? What do I not pray about? My prayer for this week is that the Lord will show you where you’ve grown secure in your own strength, and where you just might need to rely on Him all the more.