Luke 24:25 Are You Being Foolish?

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” Luke 24:25

Belief in something that someone cannot see is often difficult for many people. There are so many different fake stories out in the media that many people struggle to know what to believe or not.

In the process of wading through what is false, many will throw out things that are true, or they will seriously doubt the truth when it is presented. Many have rejected truth no matter how clear it is shown to them to be truth.

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He talked with some men who were sad about His death. He told them that they were being foolish and slow for not believing what the prophets had spoken.

Every believer has heard some of the promises of God and the prophecies that were made in the bible by the prophets. It is one thing to hear of the promises and prophecies, but it is quite another thing to believe in them.

While many believers have heard and know the prophecies and promises of God, they are often very slow to believe in them. During times of trouble or a bad situation, many start to fear or get depressed because of what is happening. They have chosen to not remember or believe what God had said.

As one looks at all the prophecies in the Old Testament and realize how many have come true, it is not difficult to know that the rest will also come true and the God’s promises will be fulfilled.

To think or choose otherwise is being foolish. It is to call God a liar or to deny Him. Either God’s word is completely true or it is completely false.

Each and every time you are going through a struggle, you have a choice to make. You can either believe God’s word that was spoken or not believe it.

Take time to read through the bible and see all the prophecies and promises made that had come true. Now realize that if those were true then, they are still true today for you.

Do not allow yourself to be depressed when things appear to be failing. Although Jesus died, He also rose again. Although God allows troubles to occur, He will save you in the end. Don’t be foolish in not believing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe God’s complete word; that you will know God will fulfill all of His promises and prophecies; that you will not be foolish in doubting God’s word; and that you will see God’s hand of salvation in your life.

Proverbs 18:13 Listen First

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To answer before listening–that is folly and shame. Proverbs 18:13 

Talking is something that a lot of people like to do. Most people have something to say and want to say it. They want to get their opinion on the matter out in the open for everyone to hear.

Since people like to talk so much, they will speak first before listening and thinking. Things are often said that are not in the right context or are wrong.

As one person is talking, the other person often is already forming their answer and is not hearing the first person in what he is saying. When this occurs, what is heard is often misheard and is used incorrectly. Actions like this is dishonoring to the one who spoke and selfish of the one who should have been listening.

In this verse it says that the one who does not listen and just gives an answer is living in folly and shame. He is being a fool.

It is easy and common for a person to answer before fully listening to the one speaking. This is because he is in a hurry. He may be in a hurry to move on to something else, to say what he thinks is correct, or just to get the discussion over. It takes time and effort to really listen to what another person is saying.

The foolishness comes in because the full story was not heard. When that occurs, things are often misunderstood.

Not hearing everything first can also be found in the church. The preacher speaks a full sermon and all the person heard was one thing and makes a rebuttal off of that one statement. Some read one or two verses and take them out of context responding incorrectly to it.

Both actions are foolish and selfish. They are about self and moving self forward, rather than honoring and building the other person up.

Every day people will talk to and with you. Take time to slow down and listen to what they are saying. Sometimes you have to hear what they are saying beyond just the words.

Some people will be crying out for help without asking for help. If you fully listen to a person, you will hear that cry.

Instead of speaking first, be willing to listen first. Once you have listened, you have the right to speak. Be quick to listen and slow to speak.

I pray today that God will help you to hear what people are saying; that God will give you patience to listen to others; that God will guide you in what you say; and that you will build others up in Jesus in all that you say. 

Romans 1:21 Darkened Hearts

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21

Most people around the world will accept that there is a god who is over all of the earth. The god they serve is different for many people. Some believe in God, others in Buddha, or Allah, or physical idols, or in everything being god. They realize that man is not on this earth by accident but by the providence of a god.

Paul had just pointed out that all of creation points to God, so no one can say they do not know of God. Everything that is on this earth is so complex that it could not have happened by chance. So everyone knows of God, at least to some point.

Even while knowing of God, many do not look to Him and give thanks or praise to Him. The majority of people who do not give thanks are those who do not follow Jesus in any way. There are, however, some believers in Jesus who act this same way.

There are believers who do not give thanks to Jesus for everything on a regular basis. They focus their lives more on what they have done, rather that what Jesus has done in and for them. When Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one came back to thank Him.

When people start focusing on themselves and forgetting about God, their thinking becomes worthless and futile. The heart then becomes darkened and closes itself off from God. It is easy to start to think that you have everything under control, but it is not true. Only God has true control of everything.

Do not allow your heart to become calloused against God. Most believers do not do this quickly, it is a slow long process, but it starts with an unthankful heart and not glorifying God. Keep Jesus in the forefront of all that you say and do. Keep God on the throne of your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a new way; that you will give God thanks for all in your life; that you will glorify Jesus all the time; that you will not allow your heart to be darkened; and that Jesus will draw you closer to Himself.