April Fools

“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”” (Psalm 14:1a)

We all know what today is, and we all are prepared for all kinds of “April Fools” pranks. I was only twelve when I was made to believe I had some horrible disease called “Flesh”. Little did I know that it was only my skin. I knew it was April Fools, and still was caught. It wasn’t just when I was twelve; I have been told I had to go to school, or work, on Saturday. I would bet that I am not the only one that has been “fooled” on April Fools’ Day.

In so many ways our situation with God is similar. Look at the warnings that God has given. Peter advises that “your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8). I don’t know how fond you are of trips to the zoo, but I am always leary of the lion’s den, and even more leary when they roar. They are loud and heard for some distance. Peter reminds us that the devil is not operating in secret, but that he walks about “roaring”. But even with this warning, the devil still has the ability to sneak up on each of us IF we are unprepared.

The Bible over and over stresses our need to not be “caught off guard”. We are reminded in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins of the need to be prepared. Jesus reminds us that we “know not the day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36), and the implication is clear for Christians to always “be on guard”. The point is God has provided us each and every thing we need to keep us from being “fooled” by the devil (2 Pet 1:3). We are aware that he is after us, we are not “ignorant of his devices” (2 Cor 2:11), and we should always keep on the “whole armor of God” so that we can stand against the “wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11).

The society of today emphasizes the need to focus on today, and to focus on the material. Luke chapter twelve gives the account of a man who “yielded plentifully” (16). The man contemplates what to do with his numerous crops and says, “I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry” (18-19). The Bible gives the account that God calls this man a fool (Luke 12:20). Our focus in this life should be on our service to God (Eccl 12:13). Spend time in study of God’s word, look for opportunities to serve God and others, and don’t be “fooled” by the devil.

Ande Z

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