March 26, 2018
1 Corinthians 3:18-19… For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.
We, humans, tend to be impressed with perceived wisdom. If a man or woman has earned some letters after his or her name, we figure they are smart and therefore, helpful. I have no education related letters after my name. I have jokingly said that my name is so long, there is no room for any letters. I have also said that I could not have my own office because my name would not fit across a door. But, aside from my corniness, there is also the fact that God would not be the slightest bit impressed by letters after my name.
Some teachers have earned letters after their name and for those letters they receive more pay. This sentence by Paul was not intended to take value away from education. It just needs to be read in conjunction with…
Proverbs 3:5… Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.
Through education, we get perceived understanding. The Bible does not tell us to not get it; it tells us to not put our trust in it. And that is the message of today’s verses… Don’t ever think that your wisdom compares with God’s. His wisdom is above ours. It’s not just that His wisdom is better; it is different. It is built on a different foundation .
By example, I bought a sliding, chop saw when I was in construction. Using the knowledge I had, I learned how to use it. It worked quite well for me. But, one day I saw it being demonstrated and as I watched the demonstration, I realized I was not getting full use of it. I had enough knowledge to make use of the saw, but not the right knowledge to use it as it was intended. Now, I am just talking about a saw cutting crown molding; God, through the Bible, is talking about life. We run around with partial knowledge and if we are good with it, people follow us. Meanwhile, God has perfect knowledge and always makes the right decisions. We ought to follow Him. Point people to God.