Friday, April 29, 2016

Two Fools

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  (Psalm 14:1 KJV)

In the Word of God we can find a number of contrasts: good fruit and bad fruit; good trees and bad trees; wise men and foolish men.  Fools who say God does not exist and fools for Christ.

God’s Word has much to say about foolishness and wisdom.  To the world, following hard after God can appear to be absolute foolishness.  However, God calls those who do not believe He exists fools. 

The Hebrew word for fool is nabal, meaning “foolish or senseless.”[1]  It can also mean “disgrace or dishonor.”[2]

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An example in the Old Testament of foolish thinking and behavior contrasted with wise thinking and behavior is found in the stories of David before he became king of Israel.  Foolish thinking leads to Nabal’s (his name means fool) behavior towards David and his men (see 1 Samuel 25:28-39).  Ultimately, God struck down Nabal because of his hard heart. 

In contrast, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, acted wisely, as did David.  Abigail’s wisdom to send a “peace offering” prevented David from taking vengeance into his own hands.  God got vengeance on Nabal in His own time and way.

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Sheer arrogance can lead us down paths that go away from God and the best He has for us—an arrogance that says, “we know better” or “there is no God”.  (I have gone down paths that God did not want me to go down, because the “cost” was too great.  However, I found that I paid an even greater cost than I would have paid had I followed God’s desire.)  How this behavior must pain God’s heart!  Ultimately, it brings great pain to us and those around us.  Fools in the spiritual sense are spiritually blind—it has nothing to do with their intellect.[3] 

While Jesus walked on the earth and had interactions with many people; we can see where the very ones who should have known Him (the Pharisees) completely missed Him due to their spiritual blindness (Jesus called them fools); while the people rejected by the Pharisees (sinners of various types) saw who Jesus was (the Messiah) and flocked to Him in droves.

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Yet there is a better way, a better choice to make!  What is that choice?  You can say “yes” to God who has already said “yes” to you.  In the world’s eyes it will appear utterly foolish—Paul called himself a fool for Christ (see 1 Corinthians 4:10)—however, we will find true life and living not possible in any other way.

What have you decided?  Foolishly rejecting God now has horrific consequences for eternity.  God loves you more than you can imagine; He desires for no one to perish (see 2 Peter 3:9).

Living for Christ now will mean being misunderstood at times or being rejected or marginalized.  Rightly living for Christ can lead to persecution; in fact, Scriptures seem to imply that something is “wrong” if persecution does not happen (see 1 Peter 4:12-14). 

Compromising with the world is a dangerous choice!  It damages our witness.  If we look and act like the world, why would people want a relationship with Jesus?

Many years ago, I said “yes” to Jesus.  This decision has made all the difference!  While I have not yet faced persecution like my Brothers and Sisters face in other parts of the world, I have been misunderstood, rejected.  My prayer is that when the day comes, I will remain faithful and give my life for Jesus.

I will happily be a fool for Christ!  What about you?

Please join with me in prayer:

Lord, grant us godly wisdom to walk in the way that leads to life in You.  Empower us to stand the onslaught of the world and be fools for Christ.  Place within us Your heart for those who foolishly say You do not exist.  Free us to seek You above the things of this world.  Thank You for all that You do for us each day.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,



  1. Yes! I'm a very happy fool for Christ!
    Terrific post, Kim, and a great reminder that we cannot have one foot in the world and the other in heaven to truly be living witnesses to God's love.
    Love and blessings!

    1. Martha, It's amazing to be a fool for Christ isn't it? I'm glad you liked the post; it wasn't the easiest to write due to content.

      Love and blessings!

  2. Hi Kim! Imagine having a name that meant 'fool'? I feel a little bad for Nabal. Can't you just hear the taunts in the school yard?

    I truly want to be a fool for the Lord, yes I do. It does mean that I have to let go of all those thoughts of control I think I have. It's hard to do that sometimes. But as you say, to choose myself is being a true fool, and the consequences are always less than desirable. May God increase my faith so that I can give myself to him totally.
    Have a wonderful weekend Kim! Thank you for your kind words on FB.

    1. Hi Ceil, You make a great point about Nabal's name. (With my last name, I've gotten grief myself.) Yes, may God increase our faith so we can give ourselves totally to Him.

      You have a wonderful weekend, too, Ceil! You're welcome for the kind words on FB.




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