Psalm 53 (NLT)
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! God looks down from heaven on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!
Who reading these words would dare say, “There is no God.” No one, of course. By reading this devotion, there is a natural assumption that you believe in God. But there are many believers out there who although called Christians do not live as though there is a God. They are corrupt. Well, isn’t that what grace is for? Not exactly. Grace is not a covering for corruption but a corridor to leave it behind with all the other detestable sins that are an abomination to the One True God. Our actions are evil. We excuse them due to human weakness and pardon our behavior accepting God’s Mercy for nothing in exchange. God is examining the entire human race looking to see if anyone is truly wise or if we are simply a generation of fools impersonating Children of God hoping to be let in to the Kingdom of God. The Lord is looking for just one person who is truly seeking Him. Someone, anyone who is willing to surrender their way to live God’s Way. But I am afraid that no one does good, not a single one! Lord, I do not want to live the life of a fool bent on destruction but as a true believer that “Yes, there is a God!” and “He is my God!”
2 Samuel 6:21-22 (NLT)
David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the LORD, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the LORD, so I celebrate before the LORD. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”
As David danced before the Lord, his wife (Michal) was embarrassed at the “king’s” behavior. She was concerned about his personal image rather than the Favor of God that David represented. Michal worshipped idols. She did lived by the belief that “there is no God” although the Word does not describe her that way, her actions depict such a mindset. David was celebrated God’s Intervention in his life once again. David was a man after God’s Own Heart. He was not perfect, but continually strived to remain in rightstanding with the Lord even though he would make many mistakes as we all do. He said, “Yes and I am willing to look even more foolish than this even to be humiliated in my own eyes!” I wonder if any of us are willing to look like fools to the watching world in order to serve the Lord as He deserves. The world does not know our God. They do not proclaim Him Lord and Savior. The Wisdom of God is foolishness to mankind. In all the foolish things we do, is it ever to honor God? When was the last time you sacrificed pride and common sense to give God glory for your life? Are you embarrassed for others to discover that you are a Christian? Would they label you a “believer” by the fruit of your life? After this exchange with her husband, the Word of God says that Michal remained childless for the rest of her life. She was barren and unable to bear fruit. And so it is with every believer who chooses the good life over godliness and common sense over wisdom! Our dedication to Christ makes us look weak to the world who does not know Him (I Corinthians 4:10) but is the power and strength of salvation allowing us to live by His Mercy and Grace to receive full redemption so we can live forever with Him in Eternity.
Psalm 39:6-7 (NLT)
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
Faith produces confident hope. Confident hope changes what we believe and how we live. If this is not the case, then perhaps you are a fool. Don’t be offended. A fool is someone who is weak-minded or tricked by the enemy. The definition of a fool is one who is stupid. There is a remedy for ignorance. It is called knowledge. To take the knowledge that there is a God should produce wisdom that impacts the choices in our life. To discover the “Living God” and continue to live as we did before such a revelation is foolishness, it doesn’t matter who you are. To know the Truth and live a lie is stupid. There are millions of people who foolishly think that they are saved but really do not believe that there is a God! If they knew Him, really KNEW God, it would impact every decision that they make from here on out in their life. ” So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?). I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate. Both will die. So I said to myself, “Since I will end up the same as the fool, what’s the value of all my wisdom? This is all so meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 2:12-15) King Solomon realized early on that there must be more to life than this because wise people and fools both die. What is the true value of wisdom? Wisdom confined between your birthday and the day you die is not as valuable as the knowledge and understanding that becomes wisdom to impact your life after you die. You can use your intelligence to secure earthly wealth and live a better life, but what happens when you die? “Those who are wise must finally die,
just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind.” (Psalm49:10) There it has been Biblically confirmed that you cannot take “it” with you! It is pointless to fill storehouses of treasure on the earth and leave with an empty heart.
Luke 12:16-21 (NLT)
Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Most spend their whole life working for a nest egg and to have a “better” life with total disregard for the Lord. Oh, they go to church and give an offering here and there of their time, talent and resources, but their Bible remains dusty on some shelf, church is a social activity, and in all other regards it is all men for themselves. God calls it all foolishness. We must have a rich relationship with God to have eternal life. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10) To confess to be Christians is not enough to make a fool wise, but to believe in your heart that you have been made right with the One True God will change your life. It should impact how you live and the choices you make. We must turn from all evil to pursue goodness. (I Peter 3:11) Our heart must be thoroughly examined day by day for hidden sin that keeps us from the Presence of God until washed away in the Blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 3:12) But there are many who choose to misuse God’s Grace, Love and Mercy. “Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.” (Proverbs 14:9)
Then I realized that my heart was bitter and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
God’s Mercy is reserved for fools like me. Those who seek the Kingdom of God but lose my way. The vast knowledge of God is above anything that I can humanly comprehend so it takes time to learn and live what we believe. God’s Mercy holds our hand because we belong to the One True and Living God. He guides us to a glorious destiny even when we stumble and lose our way. He keeps shining the Light of His Love to get us back on track. God loves you. He loves me. His Mercy is a result of His Unfailing Love and Great Compassion for fools like us. When we act stupid, God is ready to forgive. When we are tricked, He is ready to right our way. When we are weak minded, His Spirit is generous with good counsel. But it is up to us to acknowledge the Lord by living what we believe that there is in fact One True and Living God and constantly reconciling our life to Him through Jesus Christ. Without question, this will lead to great wisdom and good choices including life and blessing over death and cursing. Living a wise life generously offered to God brings us great pleasure. There is blessing without the sorrow this world adds to it. (Proverbs 10:22-23) There is only One Way to do this – His Name is Jesus!
Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Foolishness and stupidity are cured with knowledge and understanding. The life of a believer should be defined by Knowledge of God that produces wisdom. This turns our faith into confident hope. Without wisdom, we will never fully comprehend the Love of God or all that it has to offer us in our natural life. To return to a life of sin and darkness after repentance is foolishness compared to the riches of knowing God and living in the Light of His Love, we must choose to put distance between us and our foolish ways. (Psalm 85:7-9) Living our own way is stupid when our heart’s desires are granted living His Way. (Psalm 21:2) This is fully accomplished by knowledge turned to wisdom as we discover the true potential of the Love and Lavish Gifts of God for His Children when we live His Way. Complacency will destroy a fool. (Proverbs 1:31-33) Stop promising to change tomorrow and live for today. Tomorrow is not for sure. Accept the Lord’s wisdom that He is offering you. It will change your mind and then the course of your life. Such revelation enables us to live what we believe carefree and joyously. (Psalm 92:4-7) To treasure knowledge and understanding enough to pursue it makes us wise. (Proverbs 10:14) Oh how I desire and crave the Wisdom of God for my life! ”The parched ground will become a pool and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived. And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it.” (Isaiah 35:7-9) The Highway of Holiness is paved in knowledge, understanding and wisdom that there is a “GOD!” The revelation of His Great Love will guide us to redemption and reconciliation if we follow the Lord and walk in His Ways.
Romans 1:25; 28-32 (NLT)
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
This is the world in which we live. Even though we are born with a measure of faith and eternity in our hearts, we choose to ignore God and live as fools. Lord, I don’t want to be that person who at the end of my life discovers it was all worthless and pointless outside of knowledge and understanding of your Great Love. I don’t want to be a fool anymore. Have you traded the truth about God for a lie? Have you misused grace to get ahead? Do you think it foolish to acknowledge God and guard your identity as His Child closely? We must acknowledge the One True God. We must not only call on the Name of Jesus Christ (His Son) but live by faith and confident hope openly before a watching world. This is what He expects of His Children! It is foolish to be embarrassed when the Glory of God will make us productive. It is a blessing to be found among the righteous without adding any sorrow with it. His Yoke is easy. His Burden is light compared to the ramifications of rebellion. Fill me with your wisdom God. Help me not to make stupid decisions. I want to be strong minded empowered by knowing You more! I declare that God, you are my God! I want to live in knowledge and understanding that will produce wisdom so I will be fruitful once again! When you examine the earth today looking for the one who is seeking you, let it be me! Holy Spirit empower me to no longer live the life of a fool!
Ephesians 5:15-19 (NLT)
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.