How does the Bible describe a fool

How does the Bible describe a fool? The profile of a Biblical fool

Fool…Foolish; what do those words mean to you? They are harsh words of insult and nobody likes to be called a fool. But what if we are? What if according to God’s standards, we are living a foolish life? Interesting thought…i wouldn’t want God to think i’m foolish.

In today’s post, i am going to be examining the profile of a fool i.e. how does the bible describe a fool. Are you a fool? Let’s find out!

While studying this topic, I typed the word ‘fool’ into my concordance and 71 results came out. Some of which are;

Unless otherwise stated, the scriptures used in this message are from the New Living Translation.

Psalm 14:1 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

Proverbs 10:18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

Proverbs 12:15 – 16 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

Proverbs 18:2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

Proverbs 28:26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

Proverbs 29:11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

Ecclesiastes 10:14 Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness; they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.

 

There are many characteristics of a fool according to the Bible and we should definitely review our lives against each attribute of a fool. Today I want to draw your attention to one very common trait – THE FOOL IS SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T REGARD GOD.

Psalm 14:1 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”

Proverbs 12:15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others. 

Proverbs 28:26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

 

Our text for today is the parable of the Rich Fool (Yes, you can be rich, educated, beautiful, successful and still be a fool in the eyes of God); it is found in Luke 12:13 – 21 

Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.

 

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The key characteristic of this rich man was that he was the source of his own wisdom! He worked for his money, he has paid his dues and so he needed no one to tell him what or how to spend his money or live the rest of his life. 

“This man was evidently hard working and honest. There is no evidence that he broke the law, evaded taxes, etc. He was a shrewd investor planning an early retirement. In modern investment terminology, he “maximized growth while keeping an eye on risk.” Such people are highly commended by our society. They write best-selling books and give expensive seminars. Buildings are named after people like this. And yet Jesus calls him a FOOL!!!” 

Who is a fool? Let’s examine 3 main defining characteristics of a fool;

  • He believed, I am the sole owner of my life and possessions” ; thus, He chose his goals and spent his time without seeking direction from God. 

How do you set goals? How do you make decisions? For many people, decisions are made after careful thought, weighing options and some even go as far as asking for advice from mentors and parents but most of us miss out one major aspect of decision making – GOD!

Proverbs 14:12 NIV There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

If you don’t consult God first before making decisions or setting goals, you are acting just like this fool.

  • He believed, My material riches will make me safe and secure.” he put all of his energy into amassing earthly wealth. 

The average human is inherently selfish; we are all looking to secure the bag and ensure our well being and that of our families. We work hard at acquiring as many degrees and titles as we need, so we can earn higher and succeed in business. All this is not wrong. You begin to act like a fool when you place your security and future on the results of your hard work and; many of us are in fact fools in this area. 

As a Christian, your mindset should be that of stewardship; we are merely stewards on this earth and we own nothing! You came with nothing and will die with nothing. All the wealth, accolades, husbands, wives and kids you spend your time acquiring on this earth would not follow you into the grave and stand before God with you. Read it again for emphasis

John 3:27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.

1 Timothy 6:17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 NIV All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

There is nothing wrong with securing the bag or working hard to become rich; the problem lies in you relate with your acquisition & achievement. We are stewards, not owners on earth! When you begin to view yourself as a channel, a steward of God’s resources then you are wise. 

Proverbs 23:4a Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.

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  • He believed, I don’t have time to pursue spiritual things.“He used his time to accumulate temporal trinkets instead of eternal wealth. As a result, he was a fundamental failure in the most important purpose of life: being rich toward God

This a very major one. Ask the average Christian why they don’t practice quiet time, or why they don’t work in their churches or why they don’t evangelize; the reason is almost always the same – I don’t have time! However, that statement in itself is wrong! You have time, you are alive, aren’t you? The truth is you have filled your time with other things that you’ve prioritized over the things of God.

Check yourself; how do you spend your time? The average person goes to work, eats, spends time on social media, hangs out with family and friends and manages to squeeze in a wedding here or there but doesn’t have time to spend with the creator of their life. Haqhaqhaq  (a fake laugh)

are you a fool?

Isaiah 43:7 Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.’”

Psalm 100:2 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.

Nothing is a worthy excuse for not spending time with God! Nothing!

The devil wants you to remain without fellowship with God and so he keeps you busy. He tells you that, watching that episode of Big Brother is very urgent and going for that wedding is the most important thing to do right now. God understands; I will spend time with him on Saturday!

Christianity is a gospel of Grace; we have a good and loving father but we also serve a jealous God. Have you ever seen a devout Muslim and how they treat prayer time? They close their offices and refuse to respond to requests at prayer time; they put meetings on hold to pray, nothing is too urgent during that time of prayer. Christians on the other hand, pray when they feel like it and when they finally have time to get to God at the bottom of their to-do list.

Dear Christian, check yourself. Are you a fool in how you spend your time? If you don’t honor God with your time, you are in fact foolish.

 

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Ecclesiastes 12:13 … Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

“When the Bible uses the term “fool,” it refers to people who are practical atheists. The practical atheist may never say that God doesn’t exist, but God’s existence has no practical authority over the way he lives his life. This man may have gone to church occasionally, but he didn’t live as if he believed that one day he would render an account to God for the way he spent his life.”

Don’t be a fool! One day you will render an account to the owner of the breath in your lungs. It could be today!

Did the article rub you off somehow? I apologize if you felt insulted by this article but i love you too much not to tell you, you are wrong. It’s not too late though; you can turn around and live your life for God today. Find out how to get born again here

Excerpts colored in blue are from Xenos Christian Fellowship; Christian Ministry 3: Moving Into a Ministry Lifestyle; Week 8 – Loving Through Financial Generosity: Resisting Materialism; Lecture Notes

2 thoughts on “How does the Bible describe a fool? The profile of a Biblical fool

  1. This is so apt!! And a very valid struggle that I go through. Busy busy busy when I can still get time to do other non – important things. Scam! Thank you!

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