THE FOOL DENIES GOD
Henry Ward Beecher entered Plymouth Church one Sunday morning and found several letters awaiting him. He opened one and found it contained the single word fool. Quietly and seriously, he announced to the congregation, “I have known many an instance of a man writing a letter forgetting to sign his name, but this is the only instance I have ever known of a man signing his name and forgetting to write the letter.”
King David paints the portrait of the prince of the fools in one sentence: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). The heart is the seat of reason and decision making, “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).
The word fool comes from the word nabal, which means “moral perversity.” The original text does not say that “man is stupid.” We have gone to the moon, transplanted hearts, and harnessed atomic power – we are not stupid. David knew that, too, and picked the perfect word to talk about those who are “morally perverse.”
HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY
The word “God” in this text is not the normal word Jehovah but, which refers to the God of the covenant, the God who does something for us. El refers to the almighty God, the God of authority, the ruler, the judge, the lawgiver. David’s choice of words shows that humans do not want to know a God who demands anything; they want to be free to participate unimpeded in their sinful behavior.
Our concept of God will determine how we live. If we see God as a cosmic bellhop in the heavens responding to our paltry tips, we will live a loose, lukewarm, and loveless Christian life. But God is not a bellhop, and He is not a doting grandfather, smiling benignly in the heavens at godless conduct. He is a God of patience and power, a God of compassion and correction. Hollywood labels God as someone up there who loves us. That’s true. However, He does demand that we present our bodies as living sacrifices, “holy, acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1). We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Those who preach the love of God without the discipline of God are preaching a humanistic heresy. Paul taught that if you do not endure chastening, you are illegitimate – not a child of God (Heb. 12:5-8).
FAITHLESSNESS IS FOOLISH
The fool has deviated faith. The infidel shouts, “I have no belief!” Liar! A man who claims to believe in nothing still believes in something. It requires faith to be an infidel. The atheist must believe that God is not, that prayer is a waste of time, that heaven is a myth, death is eternal unconscious existence, and that hope for a better tomorrow is weakness. The agnostic has been duped by Satan to believe wrong things.
The fool defies the creation. The Bible begins with the declaration “In the beginning God” (Gen. 1:1). Without God there is no creation, no redemption, no deliverance, no healing, no hope. Paul says we can know God by the things He has created (Rom. 1:20). Look at our massive universe with its organization and structure that work together. The fool believes that this magnificent earth is the by-product of an ecological accident. Only a fool would believe that billions of years ago the sun shone on a pond and that life began wiggling in the water, and that this life form developed lungs and legs and walked out on land. Finally it climbed a tree and hung by its tail. Only a fool would believe that.
HISTORY ATTESTS GOD
The fool denies history. Daniel asked God to show him that parade of nations that would come upon the face of the earth. God gave him a vision of the nations in the exact order in which they would appear, the personality of their leaders, and the military methods of conquest (Dan 2; 7). How was that known hundreds of years before it happened? An accident? Hardly. There is a God who sits on His throne, who puts kings up and takes kings down.
Israel’s history proves God reigns. God’s chosen people were scattered over four continents and six civilizations. They survived persecution in the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and Hitler’s Holocaust. Today the nation of Israel shows that God continues to protect His people.
THE RISEN CHRIST IS COMING
The fool detests the Resurrection. Jesus Christ’s tomb is empty. Why? Because He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is alive. He is real. He is coming again in power and great glory (Matt. 24:30).
How do I know God is real? I know He’s real because I can feel Him in the depths of my soul. In the Garden of Gethsemane, in the valley of the shadow of death, when the storms of life are raging, when burdens of life are unbearable, I know He is there.
Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and confess Him with your mouth for “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16, 17).
There is a God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, holy, everlasting, sovereign, unchanging. He is your Father. He created heaven and earth. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is coming again with power and great glory. Are you a fool or are you ready to meet Him?