There is more than one kind of fool. It There is the fool who is too selfish to open his eyes and learn the truth. There is the fool who has opened his eyes but refuses to acknowledge the truth. And there is the fool who just ignorantly believes other fools instead of asking for wisdom to see the truth.
The most foolish and selfish pronouncement any man can make is that there is no God. The Lord God put His signature all over Creation. He put His imprint on men’s souls. Studies reveal about 2% of Americans state they are atheists and studies guess that 2%-8% of the world population is atheist. Even people who do not believe in The God of Abraham believe in some supreme being, god, or gods. Paul described the foolishness and futility of ignoring the evidence of God. Romans 1:18-23 read,
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
People, especially the most outspoken who refuse to acknowledge the soul’s assertion of God do so in order to be their own god. They do not want to be moral. They want freedom to sin. They don’t want to answer to right and wrong. They don’t know that in their pursuit of freedom they have made themselves slaves to sin. They don’t want to be told they are bad. They say we’re all good and good and evil are what each individual claims it to be. Verses 1-2 say,
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.”
As believers we know there is good and there is evil. We know that no one has the power to be good on his own power. There is no ranking of sins, a lie is just as wrong as murder. All sin keeps us separated from God. The Lord desires a relationship with each of us. He searches for the person who is searching for Him, who in answer to his soul’s cry seeks the truth. He will gladly answer the questioning heart. But we are flesh, we are sons of Adam and so we seek sin and few seek the Lord. David put it this way in verses 3-4,
“They have all fallen away;
together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
4 Have those who work evil no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?”
It is instinctive for us to recognize God and seek Him. But that instinct fights with the desires of the flesh. The devil gladly amplifies the desires of the flesh to drown out the need for The Lord. The enemy twists that drive to one of where people choose to be their own god and authority. They’re blinded to the truth that their ruler is Satan. They fear no repercussions, but one day they will come face to face with the Truth. There is judgement and for those who don’t submit to Jesus’ authority there is condemnation to Hell. Verses 5-6 read,
“There they are, in great terror,
where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”
Not one single person has to be lost to the pits of Hell. Jesus died for everyone. All a person has to do is acknowledge they can’t be good on their own and submit to Him as God. The enemy, the devil can no longer touch a believer. He is beaten. But all those who reject God will go down with him.
Jesus is our Salvation and He wants to be theirs too. Jesus gives us reason to rejoice and praise. So many foolishly seek to be their own god. But God loves them and wants them to know Him. He wants them to experience the indescribably joy, security, peace, and love of the only I Am.