Psalm 14:1 (NIV)
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Many have lived without knowledge of God and “played the fool”. Used up limited days on the planet “playing the fool”, living without God. I would if I may call these days “fool days’. An old school song has a line that everybody plays a fool sometime but I have seen some folk play the fool most of the time but there are some folk “play the fool” all the time.
Time is the most valuable asset that a human being has and many keep living a “fools life’.
The Apostle Paul gives a warning concerning how a Christian must live in a fallen world among fallen people. Notice that we as Christians must not continue spending our time ‘LIVING LIKE A FOOL.
I, BE CAREFULL NOT TO LIVE YOUR TIME AS A FOOL AGAIN
15 Look therefore carefully how ye walk,—See that you walk strictly, but consider well the kind of strictness. Do not walk loosely without fixed principles of action; but make sure that your rules are of the true kind. Many are strict who are not wisely strict; they have rules, but not good rules. We are to ascertain the clear line of right as revealed by the word of the Lord, and then keep to it strictly.
not as unwise, but as wise;-Not as fools who close their eyes to the light, but to the wise who take in the full light. [This clause explains first on the negative, and then on the affirmative side of the foregoing: both the strictness of their walk and the way in which that strictness was to be shown were to reflect the spirit of wise men and not of fools. It is not folly that is reproved, but easy-mindedness, want of earnest consideration in a matter so infinitely vital, so as to know what is truly best, and affords a lesson of consistency to those who behold their walk
.II. BE CAREFUL NOT TO WASTE YOUR TIME AS A FOOL AGAIN
16 redeeming the time,—So use the time left as to rescue as far as possible the time already lost in the days of darkness when you lived in sin.
because the days are evil.—The times were evil tempting them back into sin. [Evil days mean days in which evil abounds. This is parallel to the expressions, “evil and adulterous generation” (Matt. 12:39), and “this present evil world” (Gal. 1:4). Because sin abounds is a good reason why Christians should seize upon every opportunity to do good; and also why they should make the most of time. The same exhortation is found in these words: “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without.” (Col. 4:5.) In the passage before us, Paul says to walk in wisdom “redeeming the time.
Use Every Opportunity For Doing Good (Not Fool Days)
” So that this right use of time, or this seizing of every opportunity for doing good, is in both places represented as the evidence and the effect of wisdom, that is, of divine truth which is the wisdom of God, which he has revealed. (1 Cor. 2:6-13.) Paul most likely had in view the special difficulties of the then present time, but his words have a permanent bearing on each following period with its new phases of difficulty, all related as they are to the permanent underlying difficulty, sin.]
III. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHUT OUT THE TRUTH LIKE FOOLS DO
17 Wherefore be ye not foolish,—He who closes his eyes and ears to the truth is unwise. [The wherefore bears on all the preceding argument—because ye are children of light; because the light is so valuable and so indispensable; because your whole circumstances demand so much care and earnestness. Foolish is equivalent to senseless.]
but understand—To understand is both to know and to lay to heart, as in the parable of the sower: “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not”-does not consider or ponder it-“then cometh the evil one, and snatcheth away that which hath been sown in his heart.” “And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matt. 13:19, 23.) Then wisely seek to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then endeavor to do it.
what the will of the Lord is.—To know his purpose toward us and toward the world, and the true purpose of our life. Hence, “unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28.) And: “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10.) [The will of the Lord is the great rule of the Christian life; to know and in the deeper sense understand it is to walk wisely and to walk surely.]
“The Clock is Ticking”.
He opens by quoting the words of Thomas Carlyle: “Time is the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing . . . rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean tide, on which we and all the universe swim”.
Jim then shares “a fable” a friend sent him about Alexander the Great. It begins: “On his deathbed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:
No. 1 – The best doctors should carry his coffin;
No. 2 – The wealth he had accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery;
No. 3 – His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see.”
With this, one of his generals asked Alexander to explain. Here is his response:
To the first wish, “I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best have no power to heal.”
To his second wish, “I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth will stay on earth.”
To his third wish, “I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come into this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted and that is TIME.