Today being April Fool’s Day is every prankster’s dream. In France they call it, “poisson d’avril.” The idea is to tape a paper fish on someone’s back without them knowing. It is believed to have originated with the change of calendar under King Charles IX in 1564. He moved the new year from April 1st to January 1st. The practice of exchanging gifts continued but in the form of fake gifts to make fun. Fish were offered as this was also the period of Lent when eating meat was forbidden. Eventually the whole concept became the silly precursor to our April Fool’s Day.
Today’s verse describes a foolish heart. Foolish hearts reside in people who will not acknowledge God. The previous verse says that they are without excuse having seen God’s creative power in nature. These same foolish hearts claim to be wise, but by discounting and explaining away God’s revelation of Himself, they become fools. Somewhere deep inside, perhaps they know God is there but they refuse to glorify Him. Their hearts become dark and their thoughts futile.
I can feel a bit overawed sometimes by the extensive knowledge and advanced degrees of those around me. But in fact, whether one is wise or a fool does not have much to do with it. Foolishness is described as a refusal to acknowledge God (Psalm 14:1) and the fear of the Lord – that is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). On my own I would have remained in my foolish state. But because of God’s power in my life, He has changed my heart to love and fear Him.
Thank you Lord, for enlightening this fool!