Red Letter Day 43: Don't Be Fooled
2015 Lent Blog
Wednesday April 1
And Jesus told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, `This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Have you ever fallen for a big story? Today is the day many have the wool pulled over their eyes. I remember reading about when Orson Wells did the radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, some people thought it was a real event happening. This was not on April Fools day but in that day radio was the preeminent news source. I just listened to some of that event on the web and I can picture people tuning in during the middle of the broadcast and not knowing it was theater. They were living in a distant reality from the truth. Some are that way when they do not see God. Jesus being the truth wants us to know fully well what life is all about.
Wisdom in the Bible is the opposite of foolishness. As today is April fools day, I thought of this parable of Jesus and one verse from the Psalms. “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalms 14:1) Both this parable and that verse describe foolishness as thinking as if there was not a God in heaven. Wisdom is not only acknowledging that there is a God, but being ready to listen and to learn from God. A reoccurring phrase in the Book of Proverbs says, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This does not mean that we hide from God in terror, but realize He is the one who created us. This week we remember his love was so great that he died for us.
Have a wise day.
In Christ’s Service,