1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God”.
When someone chooses not to believe that God exists, it is never just because of an absence of scientific evidence or weak reasoning. The problem is not an intellectual one but spiritual.
The Psalmist calls such a person a fool.
The Hebrew word for “fool” is nabal which means “wickedly stupid”. The Bible does not see a fool as a gullible simpleton but someone who works against the purpose of God to his own hurt or others. A fool is a practical atheist. He knows God is real but lives as though He isn’t. In other words the fool is not someone who says that there is no God, but someone who outright says no to God. This is a form of rebellion against God, a wilful refusal to come under Him who is above us.
You can be a professed believer but yet a practical atheist. How?
It is when you refuse to follow after God not because you do not know Him, but because you have chosen to reject what you know about Him. This is why Jesus called the Pharisees “foolish” (Matthew 23:17) because they let their unbelief rob them out of a beautiful relationship with God.
Unbelief is closing your heart to God’s grace.
Whether you realize it or not unbelief is destructive because it damages and even destroys our relationship with God. It causes us to hide or run away from God who blesses us with all things in Christ.
Turn away from your unbelief by keeping your heart open for God to do whatever is needed to grow strong in His grace. When grace takes root in your life you will gain an unswerving faith to face each day in Jesus’ name.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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