As I was reading 1 Corinthians, my thoughts were about people that we look up to because they seem so smart or understand things of God really well. The verse that started me thinking about this was, 1Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Let’s flip that for a minute:
-foolishness of God is wiser than men= the WISEST man is nothing compared to God’s foolishness
-weakness of God is stronger than men= the strongest man is nothing compared to God’s weakness.
The “best”, or “top” people in this world are no match for God.
Just two chapters over, it says in 1 Corinthians 3:
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain
The wisest person on earth needs to admit that they are a fool compared to God. In our flesh, we don’t like to admit anyone it “better” than ourselves. I don’t have statistics, but the average person, I would think, would like to think of themselves as at least somewhat wise. I know that I would like to be considered someone that had a little wisdom. We all know that there are people that have amazing wisdom, beyond the average person. I know there are a lot of people smarter than me and I am okay with that. But we don’t like to think of ourselves as being fools, which stings.
But, I think this is a problem for us… we think we are wise enough and don’t need to rely on anyone else. Not bad so if we are talking about people, although life is easier when you have someone in yours; but what about when we are talking about God? I believe that most people think they can live their lives “just fine” without him.
How foolish of us to think the Maker of the universe shouldn't be the most knowledgeable about everything. If I want to know something, I would go to an expert. In our lives, we have an expert AT EVERYTHING, and yet we don’t seek Him. And why? Because we think we can do it without Him.
And all the while we are working out our own issues God is waiting for us and says in James 1:5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. We need to humble ourselves enough to admit we don’t know anything compared to God and ask Him for wisdom.
It’s a choice really; follow God’s wisdom or man’s. Since we are of this world, we see man’s ways right before us; It seems logical, often, to follow what everyone is doing or sometimes it is just what we do without giving it much thought. To have God’s wisdom means stepping out of the world’s mold and seeing things as God does…something we aren't so good at. I am not saying all our problems would be solved, we will never get there, but if we have Godly wisdom our lives would be easier. Let’s try to stop doing the same things over and over and look at everything through God’s perspective (at least the best we can) and seek God’s wisdom.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.