Scripture Corinthians 1
18-21The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
There are a lot of people today who think they have it all figured out. But our greatest intelligence and understanding are not even an drop in the bucket when it comes to the true wisdom of God.
I have spent a lot of time in study of the scriptures and in what is commonly known as textually critical Bible study. This is where we think less about what is written, and more about who wrote it, and when, and with what motives and purposes behind it. It is a method of Bible study that theologians and scholars use frequently, this kind of Bible study has its place and can provide us with valuable insights to the Scripture. However if we spend more time in this kind of Bible study than we do in the devotional kind we may find ourselves turning our faith, which is the power of God over to the wisdom of the world, which is in reality foolishness.
When we are witnessing Christ and the Cross to the world, we may find that some are so attached to the wisdom of the world that they are unable to see the power of God in the Gospel. But we should not be discouraged, dismayed, or distracted from continuing in the work that God has set us to. It is not our job to out-think the worldly wisdom, we are only to present Gods truth. We may feel inadequate to argue with an intellectual about the revelations of science and technology, but we can share the revelations of Jesus Christ our Lord, and God has promised that his word will do the job it is intended to do. We may not see it happen before our eyes, but it WILL produce the fruit in the proper season.
Father help me to constantly and every day devote myself and my time to Your wisdom and Your word. Keep my feet planted on the solid rock of Christ and help me to share the truth of your grace in Him with all whom you place in my path.
I give up my tendency to cling to the wisdom of the world rather than the truth of God.