I don't know the history of April Fools' Day but this past week it was directly the day after Easter. That says something to me. The Bible says, "The fool has said in his heart there is no God."
What makes someone a fool? One definition would be that an obvious, established truth is ignored in preference for a choice that makes no sense; like boiling water in an iron skillet for tea when the tea kettle is on the stove. The kettle lays idle, while you try and pour the boiling water from the skillet into the delicate tea cup. The water comes out too fast, the stream is too wide and the cup is knocked over and broken. Why did you do it that way? Just because you thought you could. Common sense was ignored for the sake of nonsense. Nobody won.
We "Thank God" for things, yet do not credit Him with our creation. We curse God when things go wrong, yet deny His existence. Neither of these things makes any sense at all. Mankind is born with an instinct and hunger to know God. Yet, when presented with His reality, we boil water in the skillet, pour it into the cup, it tips over, falls and breaks, we lose the water, the tea cup, and look like idiots.
The toddler is still playing with the puppy in the warm grass. I praise God for the scene. I know who God is. He is our creator and His son Jesus rose from the dead, which we celebrate on Easter. He rose up to be alive for evermore, and anyone who acknowledges God as Creator/Redeemer, giving their sins to Him in repentance, satisfies the inborn yearning to know Lord. The foolish man gives up his foolishness when he acknowledges Jesus as his Savior.
One day death will come knocking on each of our doors. We will answer that knock with foolish ideas or with the joy of discovery that God is alive, loves us and has a home in heaven for us, all for the price of faith in Jesus.
The fool denies God and loses his life forever, ignoring the obvious truth and the yearning of his own heart. But Jesus can turn our foolishness into faith if we ask, we win. I want to win, don't you? If you do, please pray this simple prayer:
Dear Jesus, I've been a fool and a sinner. I've denied you all my life, but not now. I want you as my God, my Savior, and my Lord. Come into my heart and become my Savior. Thank you for doing this. You love me and I now love you in return. Amen.
Next time: The News Boy.
(Christina Ferris of Somerset is part of Evangelical Christian Church Ministries, an organization committed to spreading the Gospel through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. ECCM is an impartial group, caring only for the saving and nurturing of souls in Christ Jesus. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)