At the family service last night, Mark spoke about being an April Fool or being a Lifetime fool. The Bible has a lot to say about being foolish. Matthew 7:13-29 reminds us of the importance of building our lives on the solid words of Jesus if we are to be wise people. A fool will build a house on sand, but the foundations aren’t solid enough to withstand storms. A house built on rock, however, will be strong enough to withstand storms.

The foolish man says in his heart that there is no God (Ps 14:1) and thinks that his ways are right (Prov 12:15). Man tries to live independently of God and does not think he has any need of God. If we are to avoid being lifetime fools, however, we need to understand that God is real and that He is calling us into a relationship with Him.

In 1 Cor 1:18-30 Paul shows us that God’s ways and wisdom are very different to ours. The message of the Cross sounds foolish to men, but it is the way of salvation. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” (1 Cor 1:25). We need to understand that ‘the power of paradox opens our eyes’ (Michael Card) and determine to be a fool for Christ.