Who’s a Fool?
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
The Bible has much to say about a fool and who he is. The word fool can mean: purposeless, without cause or intelligence. A fool is someone who ignores the Word of God and whose heart turns towards foolishness continuously. Fools do not always learn their lessons as we see in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction and humiliation.
Fools hate knowledge, they plot out evil schemes and will eventually cause themselves heartache with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, make fun of sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible gives explicit warning to individuals to not associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise, you will become wise, but if you accompany fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).
A notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives us a record of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are disgraceful, corrupt and there are none among them that do good. The meaning of both of these Scriptures is simply, fools do not believe in God. It is wicked to challenge God, and a denial of Him is often accompanied by an abominable lifestyle. As Christians, we should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God. Believers that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction and to eternal salvation (James 5:20). The good news of the Gospel is that God’s forgiving grace is greater than all our sin (Romans 5:20).
Lord, may I walk in Your wisdom before a lost and dying world.