in his hearts, “There is no God.”
I can’t imagine saying that, even in my darkest days. I do admit I lived (like a fool) like there was no God, but to actually think it or say it…I dared not, yet as I mull it over, there isn’t much difference is there? I was a fool.
Psalm 53 calls a person who doesn’t believe in God a fool and Nelson’s definition of a fool is: A stupid person or a senseless act. In the Bible, the most foolish person of all is one who denies the reality of God the Father.
Vine’s offers this definition: ‘ewil, “fool.” This word appears primarily in the wisdom literature. A person described by ‘ewil generally lacks wisdom; indeed, wisdom is beyond his grasp Prov 24:7. In another nuance, “fool” is a morally undesirable individual who despises wisdom and discipline Prov 1:7; 15:5. He mocks guilt Prov 14:9, and is quarrelsome Prov 20:3 and licentious Prov 7:22. Trying to give him instruction is futile Prov 16:22.
I don’t think the scripture is saying a fool is an atheist although I’m thinking not far from it, yet I wonder, if one doesn’t believe in God, who do they turn to? We’re all familiar with Jer.10:23 “it is not for man to direct his steps.” And Prov.16:9 reminds us that while we make our plans, it is God who directs our steps.
In his heart…perhaps not saying it out loud yet thinking it. A fool can be described as dull, stupid, unreasonable and perverted as well as one who is stubborn. A fool or foolish person may have a sharp intellectual mind, but not a spiritual mind. Morally bankrupt.
One writer put it this way-A fool has a moral problem in the heart, not a mental problem in the head.
I have mentioned before, I try not to watch too much news because the majority of it is full of narrative about fools.
I get discouraged and honestly I get fed up when people like to call themselves Christians and then don’t walk, talk or act like Christians, including the leaders of our country. It really turns my stomach. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matt 6:24 I understand this goes back to the attitude of our heart…”where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” Matt 6:19
I’m sick of the lies and broken promises. I better ride off into the sunset before I get off on a tangent.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Prov 10:8
The word fool is mentioned in the NIV 82 times.
Lord fill me with your wisdom that I do not become the fool.