A fool is the one who is most to be pitied because they have said in their heart that there is no God. They have no One to thank and no One to praise and no One to love. They have turned their back totally on God so that they actually believe that there is no God.
Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds…
They were born with foolishness in their heart and also born with the knowledge of God. Rather than turn to the Lord they chose instead to go their foolish way.
Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
As they went their foolish way rather than acknowledge their need for God they began to get mad at God, as if He were responsible for the pain in their lives. They would say foolish things like, “If there is a God then why would He let this happen to me?”
Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the Lord.
The fool lives for today and has no thought of eternity in his heart. “You only live once” they say and also “you need to get all you can”. “Have it your way” and “those who die with the most toys win” are some of their thoughts. They also store up for themselves and as a matter of fact it is all about themselves.
Psalm 49:11-14 Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.
As sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for Sheol to consume
So that they have no habitation.
The fool is deceived in his own heart and that deception will send him to Sheol, which is another word for hell.
Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.
Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and because they have turned their back on God they do not know Him or understand their way or His way.
I Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
To those who are saved and being saved we have put our trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross. It is the power of God to save us from the penalty of our foolishness and sins. To the foolish the cross is foolishness for they are wise in their own eyes.
Luke 20:19-21 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Are you ready this very night to meet the Lord? You do not know what the next day may bring or even if it will come for you. These are sobering words but it is a sobering thought that one day He will call us and we will give an account of our life. Were we rich towards ourselves or were we rich toward God?
II Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
He alone is worthy to judge. He became poor that we might become rich, but not so that we could indulge ourselves but rather that through our poverty others might receive the riches of Christ.