Devotion – Proverbs 18

The focus of this devotion is on Proverbs 18:2-10.

An atheist and a Christian were talking.  The atheist said to the Christian, “You know, it is just not fair.  You Christians have all sorts of holidays to celebrate.  We get off for Christmas, you celebrate Easter, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday.”  He continued, “We don’t have any holidays for atheists.”

The Christian replied, “Sure you do.  April 1 (you know, April Fools Day).  OK, a little hokey, but be sure that we do not want to end up in the place of a fool.

Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God.” The Bible defines a fool as a person who has decided that God does not exist and lives his life in this trajectory.  When a person has decided that God does not exist, he or she begins to believe that he is his own god.  No one is going to tell him what to do or how to do it.

The Bible says an awful lot about fools.  In this chapter, the Bible tells us that a fool is not interested in learning, but thinks he is a know it all.  It also says that a fool has a tendency to get himself in a whole lot of trouble because he opens his mouth before engaging his mind.

Being a fool has nothing to do with a person’s IQ or common sense.  People who are very intelligent become fools.  On the other hand, people who are simple and uneducated can be brilliant in the most important issue of life.  You see, when it all comes down, it will not matter if a person got straight “A’s” in school, or if he invented something, or if he was wealthy, or famous.  It doesn’t matter if a man or a woman is a scientist, or computer genius, or college professor.  In the end, the only issue that will determine if a person was a fool was their belief in God and in Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:20-22 says it like this:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thought and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

On the other hand, those who trust in the Lord will find that God is a place of safety and refuge.  Those who trust Him may not become the most successful on this earth, get recognized for being smart, or earn the best awards.  But God will make a difference in his or her life, and will show Himself faithful.  He will also prepare a place for those who believe in Him for eternity.

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