April Fools…

This is always a fun day. Friends playing tricks on one another, and everyone having a lot of fun.

According to Examiner.com

The most popular theory of when April Fools Day started is that it began in 1582 in France when King Charles IX reformed the Julian calendar and made it Gregorian. This made the new year begin on January 1, instead of April 1, as it always had been prior to the switch. Because cell phones, texts, and e-mails weren’t around then, the news of the calendar switch took some time to get across to everyone. As a result, some countryfolk (and a few stubborn ones who resisted the change) were labeled “April fools.” They were subsequently used as punchlines in jokes, sent on “fools errands,” and subjected to practical jokes. Scottish and French settlers brought to the colonies of the US in the 1600s. Thus, a holiday was born.

No one wants to be the butt of a joke. Most everyone likes to pull a good prank though. One thing of noticed about peoples attitudes towards God, even many religous people is they think, buy having faith God will somehow make a fool out of them, as if He is some kind of cosmic trickster.

Many believe He is all about the old bait and switch. He will draw us in with all this talk of blessings and eternal and abundant life, and then when we have faith in Him and “seal the deal” he switches on us and gives us negative things in our lives.

God is truly not a trickster and He is not trying to Make an April fool out of you. God loves you and I, He views Himself as our father, and desires that we view Him that way too. God is a benevolent father who loves to give good gifts to his children. God is good.

I love what Matthew 7:7-11 in the Message bible says…
“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

I would encourage you, you can trust God, he will not make a fool of you, your faith can be fulfilled in Him. If we being imperfect can treat people with respect and love, how much more can our perfect father and creator love us and bless us.

Don’t be an April fool. Trust God. He loves you!

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