Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Today’s Bible Reading: Ruth 1-2; Psalm 53, 61; 2 Corinthians 5
Journal Entry on a passage from today’s reading:
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 53:1
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps 53:1 NIV)
A fool is a person who lacks judgment or sense, a stupid person. An ignorant person is one who lacks knowledge, either because of a lack of learning or an unwillingness to learn. The Hebrew word for “fool” in this psalm of David is nabal and can be defined as one who is ignorant in the sense of being unwilling to learn; or a person whose judgment is faulty, leading to erroneous conclusions. The verbiage in this verse seems to indicate a person who has reasoned (has thought it out and come to the conclusion) that God does not exist. The Bible says that such a person is a fool. To believe that you actually possess the capacity to know that there is no God—to believe that nothing beyond your ability to explain it exists—is incredibly arrogant, overwhelmingly narrow, and foolish.
I have met many people like this. Calling them foolish doesn’t help; nor does arguing with them. As Christians, at some point you may try to reason with people; and at some point you may realize that reasoning will not help. Enlightenment comes from the Giver of Light; that is how I know God. I must pray for that God-given enlightenment to break through to others who have fallen prey to faulty judgment.
Lord, I pray for the fools. Break through to them as only You can do.Through Christ. Amen. -AP