Tag: Romans 1:18-21
Scripture reading for June 6th: 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. But hasn’t God placed eternity in the hearts of all men? (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Isn’t God evident to all through creation, who’s voice has gone out to all mankind? (Psalm 19:2-4) The reason this kind of fool exists isn’t because of an intellectual problem. It isn’t because there is a lack of proof that God is really real.
According to Psalm 14, the reason the fool said there was no God was because of corruption of character. These people were vile and didn’t do what would be considered ‘good’ in God’s sight. These people avoiding God so they would not have to answer for their wicked deeds. They preferred their corruption and did not want God interrupting their evil ways of living. This liberated them in their thinking from responsibility and possible judgment.
The Apostle Paul described the fool’s way of thinking in Romans 1:18-23. These people knew about God and His ways but have suppressed this truth in unrighteousness. Their own futile thinking darkens their hearts and souls, claiming that there is no God! God allowed them to follow their darkened understanding and worship creatures and creation rather than the creator. (Romans 1:21-23) This takes them into idolatry.
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. It is where every ‘fool’ in Scripture ends up without the grace of God.
No one has an excuse for staying a fool because God is always ready to save and forgive. We must humble ourselves and admit that He exists and ask for His forgiveness. (Hebrews 11:6) God would rather forgive and show mercy than to judge. 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)