A Fool for God


Are you willing to look foolish for the sake of the Lord?

Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:12, 1 Chronicles 15:1-28, 2 Samuel 6:12-16, 1 Chronicles 15:29, 2 Samuel 6:17-19, 1 Chronicles 16:1-43, 2 Samuel 6:19-23

"Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!" (2 Samuel 6:22a NLT)

Am I willing to look foolish for the sake of the Lord?

Before Jesus became Lord of my life, I would never have been a fool for Him—especially in public. One time at a women’s conference, I stood in a sea of women who were dancing and praising the Lord. These “fools” sang, moved, and wept as they worshiped a God they knew intimately. Why would they do such a thing … in public no less?! I regarded their behavior as foolish because I didn’t know the source of their worship. You see, even though I grew up going to church, I somehow had not been introduced to the God responsible for these women’s joy and gladness.

The journey to become a fool for God has taken me years. It was a process to get to know Him intimately through His Word, prayer, and worship. What I discovered is amazing! God is faithful, trustworthy, and redeems the lost. He forgives sinners, loves the unloved, and heals the broken. The Lord counsels the hurting and teaches the unknowing. I could go on and on, but after reading these praiseworthy facts about the Lord, you can see why I am now happy to be a fool for Him.

David knew God this intimately. He demonstrated his knowledge of God as he entered the streets of Jerusalem and joined in corporate worship with his people. The Ark was being returned. Finally, the Presence of the Lord would be with His people again. David celebrated and rejoiced in God’s faithfulness without shame or reserve. He gladly became a fool for his God as he danced for his audience of One.

Being a fool for God can look like many things. It may mean humbly serving others, speaking and standing up for truth, or living a meager life so we can give our excess to those in need. Or, perhaps it means kicking up your heels to dance and leap before the Lord—your audience of One.

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