Who’s a Fool?
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
The Bible has so much to say about being a fool. The word fool can mean, senseless, without reason or intelligence. A fool is someone who disregards God’s Word and whose heart continually turns towards foolishness. Fools do not always learn their lessons as seen in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools continue to do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction.
A fool hates knowledge, enjoys wicked devices and will cause themselves trouble with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, mock sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible is very clear in warning individuals not to 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 walk with those that are fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).
The most notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives an account of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are vile, corrupt and there is not one that does good. The meaning of the text is “sinful people do not believe in God.” It is a wicked thing to deny God, and the denial of God is often accompanied by a wicked lifestyle. As Christians, we should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God and are demonstrating the behavior of a fool. Believers that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction 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.