Wednesday, February 16, 2011

God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish

1Cor. 1:19- 29 NLT 
   19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 
   20  So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 
   24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. 
   26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

The news and TV information shows these days are filled with passionate presentations for and against how nearly everything is being run from city governments through states, to the federal levels and all other organizations in our society. No matter what is done by whom, somebody of import seems to be against it and others of import seem to be pushing it. Conservatives bash liberals and liberals bash conservatives. Intellectuals bash nearly everyone who disagrees with them for not being as well informed or intelligent as they and the common folk make fun of the intellectuals as disconnected and disaffected with reality.  East-coasters and west coasters each bash the folks in the middle and the ones in them middle bash both coasters.

All claim to be speaking from a point of wisdom. And all of these folks bash the Biblical wisdom that any Christian dares to present into the discussion. But it is when we speak from a true Biblical perspective that we begin to approach true wisdom. Want to know "the wisdom of God?"  Check out this passage carefully. When you know Christ, then you know the wisdom of God and only then. Real wisdom only comes from God. None of us who think we are wise are truly that unless we have humbled ourselves before the Savior and Lord of the Universe, accepted His grace to cover our sin and shame, and internalized His teaching about how we live and relate to the world around us.

When we step into God's grace and walk in His wisdom that we seek from him daily through prayer and the Scripture then we will find wisdom. Then wisdom will gently overtake us and fill us throughout. Rest in His wisdom today.

Your servant in Christ's grace

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