The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 NIV)
Recently, a pastor mentioned that the scripture above should actually read: A fool says in his heart, “No, God.” With this new translation, I was baffled. I’ve always thought fool was reserved for nonbelievers, atheists and agnostics. But, lo and behold, I’ve been a fool a myriad of times. Every time I’ve neglected to seek God’s direction, every time I’ve chosen to stay quiet when the spirit urged me to speak, every time I’ve spoken when the spirit urged me to stay quiet, every time I’ve neglected my quiet time, I’ve been foolish.
“‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.'” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)
Even if we don’t blatantly tell God no, disobedience shows in our actions. It shows when we choose fear over faith. It shows when we choose laziness over hard work. The only way relationships, careers, decisions, etc., will be fruitful, is with God at the center. If God doesn’t give His yes, it will fail. If we don’t give God our yes, we will fail.
“‘…For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.'” (Acts 5:38-39NIV)
The good news is, God forgives (1 John 1:9). So let’s pray God gives us grace to be obedient to everything He presses upon us, no matter what.
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