Psalms 53:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God,’ They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good.”
STUPID OR DUMB?
I bet you have banned the word “stupid” in your house. Most parents do. We don’t want to hear our children call someone stupid. It is just not polite and definitely not Christlike. “Dumb” and “stupid” are close in definition, but I have always heard “dumb” is not knowing something while “stupid” is knowing and still doing it wrong. That may well be.
But in this verse we see another word, “fool.” Have you ever known a fool? I have known a few. Fools also know better, but still they make the poor choice. David says here in this Psalm that a fool says “There is no God.” He didn’t say they didn’t believe there was a God. Many believe in God but do what they want to anyway, thinking He won’t intervene at some point. That is just plain foolish.
Do you want foolish children? Of course not. You want to raise wise children. You want them to acknowledge the reality and the presence of God in their lives. You don’t want them living their lives without purpose or hope. The wisest thing you can do, then, is teach them about the Lord. They need to know that without Him in their lives they are doomed to be like David says, “There is no one who does good.”
And start early because once a fool is established in his ways it is hard to “unfool” him. (Yeah, I just made that up). The problem with fools is they actually believe they are right. They actually believe they are doing what matters to them. They have been blinded by the one who leads all astray. They start believing in themselves too much.
If I am going to be a fool, then let me be a fool for Jesus. I will abandon all else and rely on Him to guide me. Some say that is foolish. Then just call me a fool!