Grace For The Journey
Wikipedia relates that April Fools’ Day is celebrated annually in different countries around the world on April 1. Sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day, April 1 is not a national holiday, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day marked by good-humored or funny jokes, hoaxes, and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc. So, has anyone pulled an April Fools’ Day prank on you yet today?
Have you pulled an April Fool’s prank on anybody today?
The Bible says nothing about an April Fools’ Day, but it plainly marks the contrast between the fool and the wise. Throughout the book of Proverbs, the wise preacher Solomon draws a clear distinction between living with wisdom and foolishness living. The way of a fool is the way without God. He doesn’t God, let alone want Him to be involved in his life. His was is always seems right in his own eyes. He never asks God for help, seeks His counsel, or accepts His advice. The fool trusts in his faulty beliefs, false judgment, and faithless sense. He has been bewitched by his corrupted, carnal reason to the point that he not only thinks he is the smartest man in the room, but he is convinced that he is the only smart man. He thinks more highly of himself than he ought and believes he is a notch above the rest. Scripture strongly warns us against this way of thinking:
“Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out My hand an no one regarded, because you disdained all My counsel, and would have none of My rebuke, I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm, then they will call on Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of My counsel and despised My every rebuke, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies; for the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy; but whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:24-33).
“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
“. . . fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15)
Standing in direct opposition to the fool is the wise, and the Bible clearly describes the foundation upon which a wise life is to be built: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge . . .” (Proverbs 1:7a)
Whereas fools have no fear or reverence for the Lord, the wise build their lives upon it. This fear of the Lord is not a cowering fear – fear that is absent of love, trust, and faith, and which causes men to run and hide from God. That kind of fear leads down the road of dread and despair, the kind James tells us the demons have who know that there is only one God and shudder in terror (James 2:19).
The fear of the Lord that the Scriptures exhort the wise to possess is a fear that causes one to bow before the Creator of the universe, marveling at the knowledge of His unconditional and sacrificial love, and recognizing Him as the only wise, good, and holy source of all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.
Jerry Bridges writes in The Joy of Fearing God regarding the proper attitude of a child to a parent: “Fearing one’s parents and knowing that they love you are not incompatible . . . “There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past.”
As we embark on a new month, known at its onset for foolishness, we have a moment by moment choice to make: we can either be wise and look to and lean on God and His Word or be foolish seek to live without His principles and power . . . we can either bear the beautiful fruit of wisdom or the putrid fruit of foolishness.
So . . . when all is said and done at the end of April, what would you like said about all that you have done? If we look to Jesus and not to ourselves, and if we lean on Jesus and not on our own understanding, our lives will be marked by wisdom. That is God’s desire and aim for His children. The Bible sums it up best in 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’”(1 Corinthians 1:30)
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!