BILLY GRAHAM, the famous evangelical preacher, told a story in one of his sermons. The story goes: “ There is a man walking along the road of London and he saw a fellow wearing a hat that says, “I am a fool for Christ’s sake”. The man who saw it snickered. After passing the man, he turned around and saw the back of the hat asking Whose fools are you?”
In today’s digital age, where a man can afford to send somebody to the moon or Mars, there will always be some people who will laugh at you and call you a fool when you believe in God.
Man’s knowledge that makes him possible to discover things and manipulate material things made him difficult to believe in a Divine Supreme Being. Christians who believe in God were seen and labeled as fools even in Bible times (I Corinthians 4:10)
Leading to the right direction where we can exercise our maximum potentials and achieve God’s purpose in our lives is not foolishness, it is wisdom.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT, The Bible
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
Welcoming the new year is an important time for many to make plans and goals. Proverbs 3:5-6 gives us three important reminders that I have also proven effective.
1) Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Trusting is deeper than believing. But you must first know and believe in this God before you can trust Him. God of the Bible is a loving and just God who has allowed himself to be known.
Jesus is the exact representation of God – all Powerful and loving God. He is worth trusting because his love and power were displayed in the history of his life in the Gospels. If he could do powerful things from the past, he can direct your life too.
2) Do not depend on your own understanding
We may say that this is impossible to do since we operate using our own minds to decide. Well, that is our default setting. In reality, we can process things, use a frame of thought as a starting point in making a decision. Our own frame of mind can be limited or self-serving that can bring harm more than good.
3) Seek his ways in all you do
God’s way is not another option but the only option that can make a man walk in a secure and satisfying direction. He makes his ways clear in the Bible (Way to live, relate, work and be secure).
God is not fooling us, He is our creator and he knows best how we can safely operate in this confusing world.
There’s another story that goes: “After a student was trying to convince the existence of
God in a Philosophy class, the professor said, “you are being fooled by this god”. The Christian student, knowing that he has limited knowledge and skill to debate with his professor, boldly replied, at least I know who fools me, how about you sir whose fools are you?”
Be wise by choosing who will fool you.
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