Summary: describes how a foolish person speaks
"THOU SPEAKEST AS ONE OF THE FOOLISH"
If ever an individual faced adversity, it was Job. In one day Job was stripped of his fortune and his family (seven sons and three daughters). What grief this man must have experienced. Then on another day, Job is smitten with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his head.
All that he humanly had left was his wife, and even she seemed to turned against him. "Curse God and die," she advised Job. Her advice was wrong, but in all fairness we must consider her situation. She had lost ten children in one day, and that would be enough to devastate any mother. The family wealth was gone, and she no longer "the leading lady in the East." Her husband, once the greatest man in is the east was now sitting at the city garbage dump, suffering from a terrible disease. What did she have left? Rather than watch her husband waste away in pain and shame, she would prefer that God strike him and get it over with immediately. "Curse God and die" she said to him.
However Job said to her, "thou speakest as one of the foolish." I wonder how many foolish things that we have said with our mouths!
In the Bible we find a number of times where God refers to certain individuals as speaking and acting as fools. Now God is omniscient, and He alone is well qualified to label these folk as such.
I. One speaks and acts as a fool when he rejects the existence of God- Psalm 14:1.
Man wishes there was no God, and so he ventures to think and say that there is no God. To those who would say prove that there is a God....to you I would say prove that there is no God. All the evidence points to the conclusive fact that there is a God. By looking around us it is obvious that Someone with intelligence created, ordered, and organized this marvelous universe. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork," (Psalm 19:1).
"For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God," (Hebrews 3:4).Design demands a designer. God is written in such clear writing upon his creation that to denied is to be a fool. To deny there is a God is an atheism that is not to be found in hell. On earth there may be atheists many, but in hell there is not any!
Read Romans 1:20.
II. One speaks and acts as a fool when he reckons on a tomorrow (Luke 12:19,20).
Here was a man who planned for reckoned on a tomorrow that He did not have. Proverbs 27:1 "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." The road to hell is paved with those who were trusting on a tomorrow.
Many lose today reckoning on a tomorrow. The present is given man in order that he may act in view of the future. The old Spanish proverb says, "The road of by and by leads to the house of never."
Trust Christ.....do it today. no where in the Bible does God encourage man to trust Him tomorrow. Come NOW! TODAY is the day of salvation.
III. One speaks and acts as fool when he renders much thought for the temporal and physical and gives little for the eternal and spiritual (Job 1:9).
Job’s wife was thinking about the physical and not the eternal. "Job, it just isn’t worth it. Property is gone; children are gone; wealth is gone; and your health is gone. Nothing good can come from all this." She is speaking about the physical and the temporal and Job says, "You are speaking foolishly! There is more than just the physical and temporal; there is the eternal and spiritual." She was thinking more on the line of "How can I get out of this?" instead of as Job, "What can I get out of this?" It was faith’s work to claim an challenge loving-kindness out of all the roughest strokes of God.
Turn to Luke 12:18.
Speaking about the temporal (my barns, my fruits, and my goods). Here was a man who was speaking more about the physical than the spiritual. Here was a man that was more concerned about the earthly than he was the physical. Examine your conversation this past week. How much thought and speech did you give to that which matters the most? Did you talk more about the crisis in the White House than you did about Jesus Christ? How many decisions have you made lately with regards for the financial instead of the spiritual? What are you seeking first? Quote Matthew 6:33.