Foolishness and Wisdom

Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith.

Interesting passage.  God, who is wise, decided that we couldn’t know Him through wisdom.  None of us has the wisdom to understand God.  It just ain’t gonna happen.  Instead, He chose that we would come to know Him through the foolishness of the proclamation.

This is the proclamation and I’m the foolish proclaimer.  For anyone to think that I, or any other preacher, has the wisdom to explain God to you IS a fool.  Sadly, many of us who take it upon ourselves to proclaim the Gospel DO think we’re wise.  When we try to show off our wisdom, we usually come off looking like fools.

Someone once said that the only way to understand God is to admit that you don’t understand Him.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a fact.  A lot of people look for God in books.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Of course He’s in books.  The trouble is that there’s only one book that tells the whole story.  Everything else is just human beings trying to use their so-called “wisdom” to explain the unexplainable.

I can’t explain the gifts that I’ve received in my life any more than I can explain how a giant oak tree grows out of a tiny acorn.  I can’t explain why God would choose to send His Son to die on a cross to save you and me from our sins any more than I can explain why the earth revolves around the sun.

Some things just ARE.  You believe them because of your own experience, or you believe them because you have faith.  I’ve never gone around the world.  But I believe it can be done because others have done it and shared their experiences with us.

I can’t prove that the sun will come up tomorrow.  But I’ve personally seen it come up every morning for more than 22,000 days so I’m pretty sure it will come up tomorrow too.  Wait, let me correct that.  I’ve personally only seen the sun come up a few times.  But I’ve gone to bed when it was dark and it was light when I got up.  I’ve seen the sun SET more than 22,000 times.

Anyway, true wisdom lies in knowing that we’re not that wise.  We have great respect for the Albert Einsteins and the Steven Hawkings of the world.  But compared to God, those guys are idiots.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

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