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CLARITY – 6-26-20 Only a Fool


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-26-20

Only a Fool

What’s Happening: “Over 100 people in northern India are dead from lightning strikes in recent days the BBC reports. This is monsoon season for them and working outside in the rain ranks as one of the most unwise activities. That is a nice way of saying foolishness breeds dangerous behavior (Eccl. 7:25). There is more than 2,000 people killed annually by lightning and you’d think people would learn…but you’d be wrong. 83 people were killed in Bihar and over 20 were killed in neighboring Uttar Pradesh. Working outside during a thunderstorm has got to be ranked with changing screens on a submarine, having a tea party with a bear, or changing a diaper on a full-grown lion…other foolish activities ( Quoting yesterday’s article: ‘The authorities have warned residents to be vigilant and stay indoors, as meteorologists forecast more bad weather.’… you think?!”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t lightning bolts God’s purview?”

Biblical Response:  “He can take a fool’s life by lightning…but He surely is not limited to that. I’m sure, there have been instances when He could have used that method to take someone’s life (of course, in 262 references to lightning in 13 versions there is no mention of it), but the Lord is Sovereign. He created each of us and has the absolute right to end any of us at any time…by any method…and that doesn’t mean we can’t do something foolish and end our own life.”

“That reminds me of another foolish activity: atheism. Here’s a great scripture on that: 

    ‘The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps. 14:1 NASU)

“Christians?  We believe we reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7). We can play or work outside during a thunderstorm…if we are foolish. And we shouldn’t blame God for the reward of folly.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be wise in our activities, not give an angel overtime work; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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