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The Fool

Posted: Wednesday, April 1

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20
Luke 9:28-50
Psalm 73:1-28
Proverbs 12:10

 

Verse of the day:

As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. (Proverbs 26:11)


Today is an important holiday in the midst of a very important week; happy April Fools Day!

 

I was always taught to never call someone a fool because I was risking a future in hell if I did (Matthew 5:22).

 

So I’m not about to call anyone a fool today. But perhaps it would be appropriate to review the Bible’s description of a fool because it’s all too easy to land there. There are many verses but I’ll share just two:

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

 

Scripture describes a fool as someone who keeps repeating the same bad choices over and over again. We engage in habits that inflict pain on ourselves and others but we keep going back. In honesty we all can identify with this; a well-worn rut in our life where we know better but just feel powerless to change.

 

Psalm 53:1 says The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

 

You cannot know that there isn’t a God. Our human perspective is so finite and the universe is so grand that to make a positive declaration that God doesn’t exist is the ultimate declaration of foolishness. And when you live like there is no God chaos and violence ensue. Therefore believing in God and living like He exists is a great first step towards wisdom.

 

Now who are you going to prank?