If life on earth is an illness, I got it. If such life is a solution, it will soon dry up. If such life is an answer, I’m still thinking of what the question ought to be.
Solomon once said,
“I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)
And still we constantly found ourselves being upset, restless, worrying over nothing.
In the wide open sea of life, imagine Christ holding you by the arm as he did to Peter who was waste deep into the water, while the “rest” of you is being enjoyed by sharks, the challenges of life, the things that simply eat away our attention from the things that eventually matter the most, the love of God.
If we don’t live as a fool, we soon become a threat. If we decide to be anything else but a fool, we better be ready, if ever possible, to face every form of problem ever exist.
If the story of Genesis is true, the time spent on earth by mankind represents nothing else but God’s allowance to man for him to maybe seek to prove to God that he’s not a fool.
One wonders, “how can man ever prove to God that he’s not a fool?”
Christ came and depicted the exact picture of mankind, one of a fool. If you were to ask me, there was nothing smart about what Christ did. He didn’t gain anything that was not already His. All he did was demonstrate God’s love for us. And love has no room for logics.
In this earthly realm, we will only get along once we’re allowed to surrender ourselves, not as smart and wise, but as fools. For the all-knowing and all-understanding is God Himself, and we are His precious fools who know mostly nothing other than that He loves us.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
God’s love is foolishness to us. No one who’s smart want to be patient and kind. Smart envies and boasts often. Smart is very arrogant and rude, hoping to be the center of attention. Smart is easily irritated and resents anything it doesn’t agree with. Smart rejoices when at wrongdoing to prove itself right. Smart finds the truth to be too simple, too limited, too obvious. Smart is picky, finds no reason to be accepting of other’s lack of smartness. Smart is never satisfied with what is told and is always questioning, not to learn but to fence wit against wit. Smart doesn’t hope, but seeks to secure deals and guarantees as if nothing else matters. But sooner than later, smart comes to an end when death comes knocking. Smart had always claimed to be no fool, until death comes knocking.
Death is the only problem that man cannot be smart about. By the time it’s here, no time is left for addressing it.
God, knowing that we’re all fools denying to be such, loves us and showed us that He has no shame of acting like a fool just help us see what love is.
“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
As soon as you’re met with Christ, you realize that your proper place of recognition is a fool for Christ.
(By grace) we are fools for Christ (1 Cor. 4:10)