You have divided all the lands and seas and nations of the earth. You have made summer and winter. Remember how those who hate You have laughed at the truth, O Lord. Foolish people have spoken against Your name. (Psalm 74:17-18 NLV)
Okay, it’s April Fool’s Day, so you know I had to write something about it. Coincidentally, (Don’t you love how God works coincidences out?) this Sunday we’ll be looking at the last chapter of 2 Peter, where Peter writes about “mockers” in the last days who will make fun of the promise of Jesus’ return. (Spoiler alert! It doesn’t end well for them.)
The truth is there have always been those who laugh and make fun of God, along with those of us who believe in, and follow Him. In the passage above the writer refers to them as “foolish people.” The passage refers to God’s creation as the evidence of His existence and power, and as evidence of their foolishness. It sounds very similar to what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:
But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:18-23 NLT)
Yes, there are plenty of people who mock God, and think us the fools for our belief and devotion to our God. So be it. Again, as Paul said: We are fools for Christ’s sake. (1 Corinthians 4:10a) I can live with that. How about you? Are you willing to be thought a fool for Christ’s sake?
As we’ll see Sunday, Peter points out the mistakes that the mockers make, and the extraordinary grace that God extends to them. The consequences of rejecting God, and His gift of grace will be terrible and eternal, and that’s no joke.
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1a)
Dr. J. Clay Stevens is Lead Pastor of Cross Culture Church in Raleigh, NC. He is author of the book I Get It! Discovering How To Really live In The Promises Of God. His life mission statement is: "To take people from where they are to where God wants them to be."