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I am thankful for God’s wisdom - 1 Corinthians 1:19, 20, 21, 25

November 4, 2011

1 Corinthians 1:19, 20, 21, 25
19 Scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will reject the intelligence of intelligent people.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the persuasive speaker of our time? Hasn't God turned the wisdom of the world into nonsense?
21 The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of his own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe.
25 God's nonsense is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.


At 17, I thought that I had all the wisdom anyone could ever want. The pattern continued throughout my life. I confused personal drive, intelligence, personality, savvy-ness and even my gift of empathy and caring with wisdom. I gained lots of college knowledge, mind knowledge, business knowledge and I confused insightful living with wisdom. The people around me thought I had wisdom. I thought I had wisdom.

Now that the world is one with the explosion of social media, I am amazed how people define wisdom and color it with jargon to make it some abstract quality that the “enlightened” seek. People are desperate for answers and there are plenty of “coaches” out there providing wisdom, “spiritual enlightenment” and many other fixes for the broken.

The broken can only be fixed by God and it’s a process that begins with faith and endurance. In the years since I elected to trust God with my life, I’ve slowly realized how I lacked wisdom. The world’s standards of wisdom are not the same as God’s wisdom. There comes a time when God gives those who love him the measure of wisdom they need. He has done this for me in very relevant ways. God’s wisdom opens doors for us to seek him in greater and more intimate ways.

One day, we realize that our old way of thinking had nothing to do with wisdom. We cling to God and ask him for wisdom to navigate in the sea of wisdom- peddlers, and help them to see that the wisdom they profess to have is simply a need to explain the vainness of their existence by professing that they have all the answers (couched in understanding) – when what they really need is a touch from God. 

Seek God’s wisdom, not the self-inflicted wisdom of the world or self-help gurus.

 

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