Today is April Fool’s Day, so I thought it might be interesting to review how the Bible defines a fool.
Being a fool is a question of identity; it begins with what a person thinks in his heart. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Psalm 14:1 gives us a glimpse into a fool’s heart: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.”
Because a fool tells himself that there is no God, then the fool believes he only has himself to rely upon. But human beings by our very nature are limited in our knowledge and experience of life; none of us knows everything and it is foolish to think otherwise!
Some of the smartest people in the world in man’s eyes are counted as fools in God’s eyes.
If you are a Believer in God through Jesus Christ, then you are nobody’s fool! Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” When you believe there is a God and you reverence, honor and respect Him, then you are counted among the wise.
And when you dedicate yourself daily to growing in the knowledge of God through His word, you will be still wiser!
In contrast, let me give you a brief portrait of a fool, then you’ll see the list of scriptures that support this portrait:
A fool tells himself that God doesn’t exist. He blasphemes the Lord’s name. He hates wisdom and knowledge so he rejects anything that doesn’t agree with what he believes. He is content to stay exactly where he is because he is comfortable in his foolishness. A fool is loud and delights in expressing every thought in his mind, no matter whom he hurts. He loves to hear himself talk; he loves to complain and spread lies about others.
A fool gets angry easily and isn’t shy about showing his anger. He is prideful and you can’t tell him anything. He loves to practice evil and see others do evil; it is like a sport to him. He is always looking for the next big thing, never content with what he has. He does not desire the wisdom that is close at hand. He is confident in himself and thinks he knows it all. However, he often repeats the same mistakes and never learns from them. In the end, shame will be his legacy.
Here are the scriptures I found that tell how the Bible defines a fool. I am sure there are others:
The portrait of a fool is a cautionary tale for me. Even though I am nobody’s fool, at times I have behaved like a fool. So these scriptures are a good reminder and lesson for me not to allow my behavior to stray into fool’s territory!
How about you?
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