The Verse of the Day for April 1, 2017 is found in Psalm 14:1 in the New Living Translation:
[Psalm 14] [For the choir director: A psalm of David.] Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
The NLT offers the same rendering of the Psalm 53:1:
1 Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does go
The Verse of the Day also brings to mind that April 1 is known as April Fool’s Day. The Book of Proverbs provides striking portraits of those who act as “fools” and those who “walk in wisdom” as “the wise.” The Apostle Paul likewise points out the distinction between the wisdom of men and foolishness of God in light of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, described in this way:
1 Corinthians 1:23-25 (NLT):
23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Paul goes on to remind believers: “We are fools for Christ’s sake.”
The story is told of a man who wore a sandwich board in New York City as he walked the streets. On the front written in bold letters was this statement: “I’m a fool for Christ’s sake!” People passed and chuckled or snickered, but they changed their expressions when they turned around to read the back of the sign which asked, “Whose fool are you?”
The lyrics to the chorus of the popular song “Everybody Plays the Fool” also remind us of this truth:
Everybody plays the fool sometime
There’s no exception to the rule
Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
I ain’t lyin’, everybody plays the fool
Since everybody plays the fool sometime in life and in love, many have decided that, like the gentleman in New York, we will be a fool for Christ’s sake, since the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger that men,” so say the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Most assuredly here is a situation where we note the distinction between the ways of men who purport themselves to be wise, and the ways of God who uses foolishness to confound the wise:
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
The whole idea of being a “fool for Christ’s sake” on April Fools’ Day evokes this portrait:
We are fools for Christ’s sake,
but you are wise in Christ!
We are weak, but ye are strong!
You are distinguished, but we are dishonored.
I Corinthians 4:10
I am stark raving mad as a gitsy;
I am insane and crazy as a loon.
Though my voice is stronger,
My lyrics are wronger.
My madsong is plainly out of tune
(But all the while I smile).
I am a rare and bizarre exception
Who loves to laugh out loud and cry.
My mind borders hysterical;
Each day I see a miracle.
I live on earth with my home in the sky
(And all the while I smile).
I make my point with certainty–
Another fact which clearly shows
That I am deceived or naiver,
With the mind of a child, a believer
Who knows that he knows that he knows
(Why all the while I smile).
So I still dream my dreams and live
My life in such a simple style.
The world wants to eat me for supper,
But I just laugh and keep the upper
Hand and keep walking mile by mile
(As all the while I smile)
They call me kook, fanatic and fool
Because of my peculiar knack.
Folks think me still odder
Because I talk with God, my Father,
And furthermore, yes, He talks back
(And all the while I smile).
On April Fools’ Day and every day, our desire is to walk in “The Perfect Wisdom of God:”
All of this provides more food for thought on April Fool’s Day, 2017.