Are you a fool?

Whoa! That title alone may turn some away from reading this post. These words, however, are not mine. They are from King David from the Hebrew Bible, in the Psalms.

David begins by saying “the fool says in his heart, there is no God.” Psalms 14: 1. Then he goes on to describe people who say these words. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile, and there is no one who does good. I looked up the word corrupt. It is someone who is willing to act dishonestly if offered money or some other kind of gain. He can be bought out with the lure of riches.

Vile is defined as someone who is morally wrong or offensive as to be thoroughly disgusting—despicable, ugly, and generally awful behavior. I can’t imagine anyone who wants to be described as corrupt or vile. But the Bible describes people who don’t acknowledge God as being like this.

The psalm goes on to describe these people. He says they devour people, likely meaning they will do anything to destroy others. They never ask God for help. Yet—here’s the part that impacts them personally. The psalm says they are overwhelmed with dread. I’m not so sure I want to live dreading each day.

As grim as this sounds, the last verse of the psalm brings hope. God will restore his people so rejoice and be glad. I’d rather live with joy and gladness every day.

If you have been one who’s said there is no God, ask Him to restore you—show you who He is. You can see evidence of God everywhere. Open your eyes and be glad.

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