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Think you are wise? 1 Corinthians 3:18-20

May 25, 2011
1 Corinthians 3:18 Don't fool yourselves. Suppose some of you think you are wise by the standards of the world. Then you should become a "fool" so that you can become wise. 19 The wisdom of this world is foolish in God's eyes. It is written, "God catches wise people in their own tricks."—(Job 5:13) 20 It is also written, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise don't amount to anything."—(Psalm 94:11)

By the world’s standards, I was a very wise mother, friend, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, worker, volunteer and all the roles of my daily life. Those closest to me could count on me because I have always taken time to listen and care deeply. I also always want to make sure all sides of a situation are considered before making choices or decisions. I want to understand both sides of a story. Those traits are God’s gifts to me, but I didn’t know how to use them.

Goodness, kindness, intuitiveness, experience or other positive attributes did not make me wise by God’s standards. I shudder to think of the bad “advice” I gave out freely thinking that I was giving wise counsel. Those judgments were flawed because I didn’t have a personal relationship with the King of the universe; therefore, I wasn’t guided by the Holy Spirit. I was using worldly wisdom.

Only God can give us wisdom through the Holy Spirit – that’s the bottom line.

God’s wisdom is revealed to us as we get to know his heart. I get profound insights when I ask burning questions or share my deepest thoughts with God. Passages of Scripture become vivid when God allows me to understand the meaning. I have come to love the Bible because God reveals himself through the pages of his sacred Scripture.

I believe God has opened my eyes because I am finally sold out to him. Notice that I didn’t claim perfection or special privileges. I am simply here to serve God and to love him deeply. I make God the priority of my life. He knows my fears, my joys, my struggles and my heart, soul and mind. He knows I am an imperfect child!

I no longer give out my own wise advice. I check Scripture before giving my input. I want to make sure what I say is in line with God’s word. I no longer approve of wrong behavior just to go along with popular culture or morality. Wrong really is wrong. I find it amazing how most people try to twist God’s word to fit their circumstances -- just as I did for many years. I especially recognize this in Christians. Non-Christians consider what I’m writing to be pie-in-the-sky. And, that’s fine.  

As far as I’m concerned, I only want God’s wisdom.

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