A good day to all reading this! Today’s reading is Psalm 14:1-3 and Proverbs 8:1-5

Psalm 14:1-3

{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

 

The Hebrew word here for fool is nabal, just like it is in 1 Samuel 25, where the story is told of a foolish man with the name Nabal who callously refuses to help David.

Verse 1 is commonly mentioned when talking about atheists, but it makes sense to think that it also applies to us as believers when we act in the flesh, walking by sight in doubt of God, rather than walking by faith.

 

In our hearts it’s easy to forget God, no matter how He’s just showed Himself to us, which is why we continually need to remind ourselves of Him.

 

This psalm is also quoted by Paul in Romans, in which He explains that all mankind is guilty of sin against God, and that none of us, therefore, are able to earn our way to eternal life through our own righteousness.

We need God’s mercy and forgiveness, and for Him to pay our punishment for us:

 

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.” (Romans 3:21-22)

 

 

 

Proverbs 8:1-5

 

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.

She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

 

God has made His wisdom freely available, and hasn’t hidden it. He seeks us out and suffers for our sake, in order to offer it to us.

 

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55:1)

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

But the world despises God’s wisdom, which requires us to fear Him, and like Satan wanted to be, it encourages people to be “wise in their own eyes”, which leads to no end of destruction, pain, and sorrow, and ultimately to separation from God in Hell.

We can have eternal life merely by accepting it as His gift to us.

 

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men.” (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)

“Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-25)

 

 

@doule