Feeling Foolish

In case you haven’t noticed the world is full of fools.  And, they seem to be multiplying!

Among fools there are several different varieties.  There are fools that are just plain ignorant and don’t know any better.  The “anything for a laugh” fool will go to extremes to get attention, loads of these fools on You Tube and Vine.  Fools have always been around, the Bible has a few stories about fools, Balaam comes to mind here (see Numbers 22 for his story).  And there are the fools who totally deny the existence of God, “The fool said in his heart, “There is no God.”  Psalm 14:1

But who or what is the worst kind of fool?  It is the fool who has made a god according to his or her own design.  “For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty.” Isaiah 32:6 This is the fool who believes that there is a god and perhaps even believes in the God of the Bible.  The fool who lives by a set of rules that is an amalgam of personal feelings, preferences and God’s Word.  The fool who sometimes sits in church Sunday but then does whatever makes her/him feel good Monday through Saturday.   The fool who visits church after church trying to find the “one that fits” instead of the one preaching truth.  The fool whose life is a mess, who keeps on doing the same foolish things over and over and just cannot figure out why their life is a mess.  The arrogant fool who believes that he/she can pick and choose when and how to obey God and that somehow God will not only understand and forgive but bless.  God is so big, so powerful, so omnipotent, He does not fit our mold or conform to our image, we are to allow Him to transform us into His image as He renews our mind.  It is all Him and none of us.

But there is one more kind of fool.  The kind of fool who does not follow the standards and goals of this world.  The kind of fool who has decided to follow Christ fully; who is all in for God and His Word.  The 1 Corinthians 4:10 fool, “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are distinguished, but we are without honor.

Being a fool is a choice.  Which kind of fool are you?  Which kind do you want to be?  What steps do you need to take to change?  I chose Christ’s fool, the one I want to be, hoping to be more foolish every day!