“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good, not even one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the Lord?
There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.” – Psalm 14, ESV
As we look at Psalm 14, we see the definition of a person who is a fool – someone Who is the opposite of whom we want to be. We can discern from the definition of a fool that a wise person who is NOT a fool is made up of the exact opposite qualities.
- denies the existence of God
- is corrupt
- does abominable deeds
- doesn’t do good
- doesn’t seek God
- has turned aside from Biblical teaching
- has no knowledge
- “eats up” others
- is in great terror, because God is not with them
- shames those who are poor
A wise person (someone who is NOT a fool):
- acknowledges the existence of God
- is above reproach (is NOT corrupt)
- does righteous, admirable deeds (NOT abominable deeds)
- does good
- seeks God
- perseveres in following Biblical teaching
- has knowledge
- honors/values/blesses others
- has a reverence for God, but does not live in fear, for God is with the righteous
- is kind to the poor and shows them respect
- rejoices in the God of their salvation
Let us then be sure that we are exhibiting the qualities of a wise person, a person who follows after God, rather than the qualities of a fool. Truly, to follow after anything other than God and to treat others poorly is to be a fool. A wise person chases after God wholeheartedly and loves others as Christ has loved them.