SATURDAY April 1, 2017
April Fools’ Day
…I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?” - >Luke 12:19-20
Today is April Fools’ Day and although not a legal holiday, it is celebrated across the world. It is believed to have begun in 1700, Britain, when some young pranksters began to play tricks on each other. April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. Others believe it came from Geoffrey Chaucer’s book The Canterbury Tales from 1392.
However, God’s Word has a lot to say about fools. Proverbs 14:1 tells us: The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.The side effects of drinking alcohol will make a fool out of you: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Proverbs 20:1 KJV). A fool never learns from their mistakes: As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly (Proverbs 26:11).
Jesus often taught the people around Him by parables––stories that would relate to them. The Parable of the Rich Fool is found in Luke 12:13-21.It tells the story of a rich man who stored away much treasure in life. He had the worldly philosophy of take your ease; eat, drink and be merry. What he did not know was God would require his soul that very night! He may have been rich on earth but he had nothing to show for himself before the Lord––he was spiritually bankrupt.
Many people today live by this foolish philosophy: eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die! But this is not the only life a person has––we have an eternal soul and after death we can go into an eternal life or eternal death. Do not be a fool in this life, be wise and make sure you know where you will be going in eternity.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
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