Forgetting is part of life. Forgetting is something we all seem to do. Forgetting makes you a fool.
Yes, you heard me right. Have you ever forgotten something? You know, those situations we all go through. We are talking to someone on the phone and suddenly freak out. “Where’s my phone?” You look everywhere only to hear laughter on the other side of the phone line. That’s right. You are holding your phone. You didn’t lose it. We have all been there. Wait, it really is not just me, right? (I really hope it is not.)
Here’s the thing. In the Bible, people lose objects too. In fact, one whole parable is about this. There are ten brides-to-be who all take lamps to meet the bridegroom. However, five of them forget to take oil with the lamps. The parable calls them “foolish”.
Now, in light of the month of April, I thought it would be only fitting for us to really understand who these fools are.
If I was to get a penny for every time I have forgotten things, I would be a millionaire by now. In fact, I know many people who would be just like me. A family in my church forgot something once too. After church, the husband and wife left rather suddenly only to come rushing back a couple of minutes later. What had they forgotten? They had forgotten their daughter.
So, are we all fools? The simple answer is yes!
The Bible says that there are a lot of different actions that make us fools. One is chattering. This is mentioned in Proverbs 10:8. Yes, the Bible says that talking a lot makes us a fool. This basically means that I have been a fool from the very second I said my first word. My parents complain that if I keep up my talking there will be blood coming out of their ears very soon. I think (hope) that they are joking.
Another action that makes people foolish is getting annoyed. Yes, check Proverbs 12:16. “Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.” [ESV] Every single person here with siblings has probably been a fool many times over. Need I say more?
There are many more actions that could go on this list. But, I think we get the idea. There are many things that we do that are definitely considered foolish in the Bible. From talking a lot to getting annoyed, the fact remains that we are all fools if we are honest.
There is something different about the parable though. More than just speaking about forgetting something, the parable is talking about something much bigger. You see, Jesus is the bridegroom and we are supposed to be the bridesmaids. Yes, even all you guys are a part of this. Many of us are not ready for Jesus. And, every single person who is not ready for Him is a fool. This is the true theme of all the foolish ideas.
If we are with God, we are made wise. In fact, David talks about this when he says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’.” When we don’t see God and live without being ready for Him, we are truly fools.
However, in the presence of the saving grace of this very same God, we are made wise. Paul talks about this in Titus:
Titus 3:3 “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.” [ESV]
That may seem to be sad and depressing at first. I mean, who wants to be foolish? However, the words used are ‘were once foolish’. Why? Verses 4 and 5 explain this.
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us…”
So, yes, we are all fools without God. So, celebrate this month of April as someone who gets what it is like to be a fool. But, also celebrate these fun-loving days as someone who is also freed by our amazing God!