I Have Played the Fool

the-fools-jesterSome people are foolish. It might be said that most of us have acted foolishly at one time or another. But for some, foolish living becomes a life style. I am aware of the scripture in Matthew 7:1 that says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”  But we must also be aware that in the same chapter of Matthew, Jesus spoke of people that live in disregard of God’s law: “Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). He taught that good trees produce good fruit, and diseased trees bear bad fruit. We must not engage in unwarranted judgment, but we must exercise spiritual discernment. “And a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment” (Ecclesiastes 8:5b).

Allow me to briefly share a few thoughts about fools and foolish behavior:

  • “The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1)  Many believe that if they have not said with there lips, “There is no God,” it doesn’t count. But Jesus taught that the behavior that arises from the heart determines whether you really believe there is a God or not. In Matthew 15:8, Jesus talks about the difference between what we say and what is in our hearts. Are you saying in your heart and with your lifestyle that there is no God?
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) Foolish people disregard the scriptures, pronouncing they are not relevant to them. Some have even cheered at the disappearance of Bible reading and prayers from public arenas. As a nation and as individuals we are ignoring our moral compass – the Scriptures.
  • “Fools don’t care if they sin, but honest people work at being right.”  (Proverbs 14:9) We may laugh at sin and God’s word, but God will have the last laugh. “You did not follow My advice and did not listen when I corrected you. So I will laugh when you are in trouble. I will make fun when disaster strikes you…” (Pro. 1:25,26).
  • “Foolish people lose their tempers, but wise people control theirs.” (Proverbs 29:11) This great proverb needs little explanation. Solomon, reputed to be the wisest man to ever live, added in Ecclesiastes 8:5b“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”
  • A fool places material possessions and self-interest above all else. In the Gospel of Luke chapter 12, Jesus tells the parable of the rich farmer. He had so much he was going to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will these things be which you have provided? So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
  • Saul, Israel’s first king, started out as God’s anointed. He was wonderfully equipped to lead Israel. But power and the applause of men caused him to walk away from God’s will. Will you hear Saul’s testimony in the declining days of his life? “Indeed I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.” (1 Samuel 26:21b)  and God has departed from me, and does not answer me anymore.” (1 Samuel 28:15b)

 Are you playing a fool in your relationship with God?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

~ Brother Roy

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