How to Seek the Truth & Avoid Being Foolish

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The Spirit inspired two identical Psalms telling us that only those who say, "there is no God" are foolish. How can we avoid being foolish? God's Word tells us to SEEK the Truth and Know God's love.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the Book of Psalms. I thought I was familiar with the words of David, and others who wrote poetry for praise, worship, and confession.

Imagine my surprise today as I was preparing to write our devotion on Psalm 53 and realized that it is identical to Psalm 14.

Both Psalms begin with the following…

Only fools say in their hearts,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
    not one of them does good!

Psalm 53:1

I paused to wonder why these words are so important that God wanted them shared multiple times. Why would He want us to know the foolishness of atheism?


He wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.

1 Timothy 2:4–6

It was God’s plan from the beginning. He knew we would be sinful. He knew we wouldn’t be able to save ourselves. He knew we’d need a Savior. And He chose to create us and love us anyway.

God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:4–5, 8–9

There are more than 100 verses that tell us salvation is by grace through faith. No matter how hard we try, how much we accomplish, how much we have, or how much we give . . . we can’t save ourselves.

And I believe that’s why the Lord inspired David and many others to tell us the importance of SEEKing Him.

God looks down from heaven on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.

Psalm 53:2

We all know the promise given in Jeremiah 29:11…

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

But not as many of us know Jeremiah 29:12–13…

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 

It’s foolish not to SEEK God. It’s foolish to believe there is no God. It’s foolish to think He doesn’t care about sin. It’s foolish to insist on going our own way. And it’s foolish to reject His saving grace, mercy, and love.

I don’t want to be foolish. I want to SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, LOVE, and OBEY the One who gave everything so that He might give you and me everything we will ever need.

By His grace and with His help, may we purposefully and diligently SEEK the Lord and His truth with all our hearts.

The Spirit inspired two identical Psalms telling us that only those who say, "there is no God" are foolish. How can we avoid being foolish? God's Word tells us to SEEK the Truth and Know God's love.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer to SEEK Truth and Avoid Being Foolish

Father, Your Word tells us that it’s foolish to reject Your love . . . to deny Your existence. Through Isaiah, You said, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11)

Your Spirit inspired Paul to write, “Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made.” You make it possible for us to clearly see Your invisible qualities—Your eternal power and divine nature.” You made this world the way it is so there would be no excuse for not knowing You. (Romans 1:20)

Your Word tells us that You want us to SEEK You with all our hearts. (1 Chronicles 22:19) You want us to grow in faith and knowledge of Jesus. (2 Peter 3:18) When we trust Your guidance, You will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

The enemy is a deceiver. He wants us to foolishly deny Your love and existence. Please protect our hearts and minds from his lies. And help us share Your love with wisdom that many will turn to Your Word, SEEK Your truth, and respond to Your unfailing love.

Please protect us from foolishness so that we might trust Your Truth and live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Spirit inspired two identical Psalms telling us that only those who say, "there is no God" are foolish. How can we avoid being foolish? God's Word tells us to SEEK the Truth and Know God's love.

Throughout Scripture, the Spirit inspired writers to tell all of humanity about the God who loves them so very much He died for them.

The Prophets said…

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17

For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

Isaiah 54:10

The Apostles said…

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38–29 (NIV)

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

1 John 4:10

And Jesus, Himself said…

This is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.

John 3:16–17

May you and I faithfully SEEK the TRUTH and KNOW God’s love so that we might avoid being foolish.

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  1. It is the height of foolishness to deny that God exists and is there for us in every situation. May we all be wise!
    Blessings, Deb!

    1. What a blessing to be able to look at life from the firm foundation of faith in the Lord. He is so gracious and good. Have a great weekend, my friend. Blessings!

  2. Kathy Francescon says:

    Wonderful words and scriptures, Deb! And Amen to Martha’s comment too! I cannot fathom how anyone cannot and/or do not believe in God! I cannot imagine life without Him!! I pray for lost souls always as one of these days, they are going to see and know that God truly does exist, but it will be too late for them. And oh how sorrowful they are going to be. On the Weather Channel yesterday, the clip reported that the sun was going to “slurp” up the earth, but it would take about 5 billion years before we had to worry about it. I just shook my head. To me this is the epitome of foolishness and atheism. The sun and the earth are the creation of God, and only He knows the time and the way it will all end. And personally, I don’t think He will wait another 5 billion more years to do it! Ecclesiastes 10:14
    A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?
    Love to all and blessings for a beautiful weekend knowing that God has the whole world in His hands!!

    1. I’m with you, Kathy! I can’t imagine life without the Lord. The world shouts foolishness and the Lord whispers His wisdom. Praying to pause and listen to His guidance and counsel every day. God’s blessings, dear friend. Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

      1. Kathy Francescon says:

        The world shouts foolishness and the Lord whispers His wisdom.
        I looove this Deb! Putting this in my book of quotes! It surely ranks right up there with
        Ralph Waldo Emerson!!! I love you so, my mentor, my friend!
        You are such a special gift and blessing to us all!

        1. That’s very kind of you, Kathy! Sending you a big virtual hug! Blessings!

  3. It is so hard for me to comprehend that anyone would not believe in God. He is embedded deep in my heart and soul; my being! I have known since I was a tiny tot that He is with me. Don’t ask me how, but, I just knew. If you look at nature around you, how could you not believe? All of God’s beautiful creation is just awesome.
    I am grateful I have Him! I am getting to know him better and better each day. Thank you to Deb who created this site for us all, and to all who contribute. We all can see that we all have our share of trials, but the most wonderful thing is THAT WE ALL HAVE GOD!!

    1. Those of us who were told about the Lord as children have been extremely blessed. I’m so thankful to have parents and a wonderful church family who encouraged me to know and love Him. I am so thankful to be able to tell others about the ways He has worked in me and guided me throughout my life. Blessings and hugs!

  4. Ana Cordova says:

    It is sad that there are persons that do not believe in God. They will have a rude awaking in their lives when they will realize God is real. I am forever grateful for all the love, grace, peace and mercy God gives me freely so that I can continue to grow in his glory! I can not imagine what my life would be with our him.
    Help me to continue to grow with you through your words and prophesies so I can live in your Grace.
    Thank you Deb and all the positive words from the other ladies.
    Have a wonderful weekend

    1. I agree, Ana! I can’t imagine trying to do a moment of life with Him. He is so gracious and good. Thanks as always for adding to our conversations! Blessings!

  5. Kathy Francescon says:

    To Sue and Ana: what beautiful and uplifting comments! I feel the same way, that both of your posts related! I am so thankful for you! And Deb, thank you for giving us the opportunity to be here and share our love and support of each other in Jesus’s Holy Name! Yes, how wonderful it is that we all have God!

    1. Kathy,

      I hope that you know how special you are to all of us! You always send encouragement and edification our way. Just like Deb, you are an inspiration to all of us. You are correct when you say Deb is a mentor. She is! And so are you!
      God Bless You! I am so grateful for our online friendship and for all of the other fine Christian folks who read Deb’s post.

  6. Kathy Francescon says:

    Oh my goodness, Sue! Your compliments and encouragement mean so much! And I feel the same way about you. Your comments are worded so beautifully and with such heart felt serenity. I love to talk about my Jesus! I found Deb and her blog several years ago and it took me a long time to ever comment. I was so insecure and a bit fearful about putting myself out there, so to speak. But reading and studying all the scriptures Deb references in her blog and then sending along a comment, has helped me to grow in so many ways. Not only in a closer walk of faith and trust with God, but to find and connect with such a closeness to friends and sisters in Christ! Countingmyblessings has filled such a void in my life and I cherish Deb and her ministry! Through Deb, God’s love has lifted me up to a new friend and comrade in You!
    Have a beautiful and blessed day from Tennessee!! I love you and look forward to sharing hope, peace and joy with you on Monday! Giving God all the glory and praise for His amazing grace and overwhelming love for us! Love and hugs, my sweet new friend!