Theme Scripture: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7, KJV).
An April Fool: Today is the first day of April, also known as, “April Fool’s Day”. Traditionally, people will perform harmless pranks, some not so harmless, on those they come in contact with all in the name of good and innocent fun. The innocent victims are considered an April Fool for falling for the jokes or pranks on the oldest trickster holiday. You would anticipate children or teenagers being the only participants in such foolery; however, adults play a major role in the fiasco.
God says, “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (1:33-34).
Spiritual Manifestation: The saying goes, “Kids will be kids” and admittedly, it can be considered rather cute when your child, a little one in your classroom or even in your youth ministry comes up to you today for an innocent prank; but what about when an adult exercises such behavior? The Bible even tells us that it comes a time when we have to put away childish things. Some fun intended behaviors can become harmful or damaging to one’s spirit. As Christians, we exercise behaviors that don’t always mirror the actions and teachings of Jesus Christ. If we have to answer this question, “Am I a fool?” what would the real answer be?
Fools despise wisdom and instruction and the lack of these principles can destroy them. But God tells us that if we listen to Him we will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. This sounds like peace and prosperity. As we continue in Lent season and approach Resurrection Sunday, let us stay fixated on the meaning and purpose of the Cross. You see, there was another trickster or fool present to witness the death of our LORD. That trickster thought he had performed the ultimate prank on Jesus’ disciples. But GOD got that last laugh. Let us be true disciples and adhere to the wisdom and instructions God has left for us in HIS WORD. Instead of sharing a joke or prank, witness to someone about the love and goodness of GOD because it’s manifestation time!
Evangelist Shulanda Hastings,