THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD

God honors truth

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Freed by “foolishness”

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 1:20  KJV

We were deceived by the wisdom of the serpent, but we are freed by the foolishness of God.

St. Augustine

The wisdom of the world

The wisdom of the world would never have chosen a cross for its salvation. The wisdom of the world always chooses the path of obvious victory. It knows nothing of the deeper battles and subtleties of faith. It acts on what it sees on the surface and grabs as much visible glory as it can. It will not wait; it seizes the day.

We are not born of that spirit. We are born of the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God will lead us to the Cross. He points us to eternal realities, not temporary glory. While earthly wisdom tells us to get what we can while we can get it, God’s wisdom shows us the reality of eternity that lies beyond the visible nature of this corrupt world. It shows us the Resurrection beyond the Cross.

Those of us who seek true wisdom do not simply desire information from God. We want to know what He is like. We must come to see Him as the source of all truth, and we must take our cures from Him. We shouldn’t be satisfied with Him just telling us what to believe. We need to see it in action.

God has given us the answer, of course. We can examine the wisdom of Jesus, which led Him to death for a greater good. What He did in surrendering to the Cross was absolute foolishness in the eyes of the world. And it still is. But we can see beyond the Cross if we are wise, and based on what we see, we can walk toward it with confidence.

Adapted from The One Year® Walk with God Devotional by Chris Tiegreen, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for April 14.

 

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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