Tag: Hebrews 11:6

What is a ‘fool’?

Scripture reading for June 5: Psalms 13-18

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

The fool in Scripture is the one who denies the existence of God.  Why would anyone want to deny that God exists?  Hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  Isn’t God evident to all through creation?  (Psalm 19:2-4)   The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem.  It is something much deeper than that!

According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool says that there is no God is because of corruption of character.  These people are vile and do not do anything that would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight.  These people avoid seeking God so that they do not have to answer for their wicked deeds.  They prefer their corruption and want no ‘God’ to interfere with their evil ways and thoughts.  It is convenient to do away with God or any knowledge of Him, thinking this liberates them from responsibility and judgment.

The Apostle Paul describes the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23.  These people have known about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness.  Having suppressed truth, the lie of their own ‘godhood’ based on their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls.   God allows them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator. 

The next step is sexual perversion.  (Romans 1:24-27)  When a person rejects God because of their wickedness, God allows that person to be deluded and go deeply into perversion and further depravity in the breaking of God’s laws.  This results in all kinds of sexual sin, lying, greed, envy, malice, strife,  and idolatry.  This is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.

There is no excuse for staying a fool however, for God is always ready to save, heal and forgive.  We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and that He will reward and forgive those who seek him.  (Hebrews 11:6)  If you have been foolish in your words or attitudes about God, take time today and repent.  God is faithful and just and will forgive you!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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Blessed Assurance!

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 11, Psalm 65, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. . . . .And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

The writer of Hebrews reviewed past history of God’s people recorded in Scripture.  Those who pleased God were those who by faith obeyed Him and lived a life of worship and trust, even when they did not receive what was promised.  God always rewards those who seek Him and commends those with trusting faith.  If we see it now, we don’t need faith.  If we hear God speak, we can wait patiently for it to come to pass!

Faith Confession:  I believe in God the Father and Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Maker of heaven and earth.  I believe the universe was created by God’s powerful Word out of nothing.  I am a new creation by believing His Word in Jesus Christ and await a full reward of eternal life.

Psalm 65:4-5 “Blessed is the one You choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts!  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!  By awesome deeds You answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; . .”

 

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