Are you a fool? Well, are you? The Bible has many descriptions of what a fools is. Allow me to share just a few with you.
#1 DOESN’T HONOR GOD
“The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” -Psalms 14:1 & 53:1
You might assume this doesn’t apply to you. You might boldly declare that you’re not an atheist. Yes, this verse does describe an atheist, but not exclusively.
The verse actually says, “The fool hath said IN HIS HEART there is no God.” This verse can also apply to those who profess one thing with their mouth and another within their heart. Is He God of YOUR life? You may say you believe but do you live like you believe? Have you left YOU in charge of your life? If He doesn’t rule your heart, He’s not your God – YOU ARE!
#2 MOCKS AT SIN
“Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.” -Proverbs 14:9
I believe we are deeply addicted to entertainment. It’s hard for many to go a day without being in front of a television. We are flooded with all types of stimuli to keep us interested and happy. Everything from music, movies, TV programming, to internet – all to keep us plugged in and engaged.
We would like to believe that we’ve come a long way from the barbarian days of the Roman Colosseum with all of its bloodshed, but have we? “Are you not entertained?!” (Sorry, had to throw in a Gladiator reference there)
We’re amused by characters as they commit adultery, steal, lie, and make light of the very things God hates. We join in to support the homosexual lifestyle by being entertained by its “humor”. Every time we play along we’re mocking at sin. We even pay good money to mock at the very things that are a stench in the nostrils of God.
Oh, I can hear many of you now, “Come on, don’t split hairs. Is it really that big of a deal?” Is it? God’s Son died to save us from the sin that sends mankind to a devil’s hell, and we make light of it. It’s sin that destroys lives and families. Is it a big deal? I think so!
#3 TALKS BUT NEVER DOES
“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
– Ecclesiastes 5:3
You’ve heard it said, “talk is cheap”, and, “Actions speak louder than words.” I’ve know people that have made these sayings a career! Always talking never doing. Always trying to impress with stories of what they’re going to do. How big they’re going to make it.
I learned a long time ago to let that stuff go in one hear and out the other. Don’t tell me – show me! There’s nothing wrong with having plans and dreams. There’s also nothing wrong with sharing those with certain people. But there comes a time to “put up or shut up”.
Don’t settle for just intent. Do! Good intentions never change the world!
Make it happen – Jesus Did!
#4 REJECTS INSTRUCTION – IS UNTEACHABLE
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” -Proverbs 12:15
“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.” -Proverbs 15:5
“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” -Proverbs 23:9
Don’t you just love it when you’re trying to teach someone something and they consistently come back with, “I know”? The Bible calls someone who will not receive instruction a fool. I never want to get to the place that I become unteachable.
It’s a difficult position especially for those who have had negative experiences with authority. But God desires for us to remain before Him as little children. Our faith is to resemble that of a child. We should be submissive to His correction and instruction.
A fool, rather than receive instruction, will rely upon his/ her own heart.
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” –Proverbs 28:26
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” –Jeremiah 17:9
#5 LIVES ENTIRELY FOR SELF
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
The fool, according to these verses, has no thought for eternity or the needs of others. Everything is about “your best life now”! (Oops, did I let that reference slip?!) The wise, on the other hand, lives for the eternal.
You and I were created to bring honor to Jesus Christ. How foolish is it to gamble with this life knowing one day we will have to answer to God?
So which one are you? A fool or a follower – of Jesus?
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