“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom . . .”
1 Corinthians 1:25
Have you ever noticed that most people spend an entire lifetime trying to get smarter? Virtually everyone attends preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, and high school. Many people continue on to college, and others gain their master’s degree and even their doctorate. Companies insist that their employees go to continuing education classes. Others take summer or night classes to learn something they have always wanted to learn. Each of us will have dozens of teachers by the time we are finished…and really, we are never finished learning, are we?
It certainly is a blessing in our country that education is readily available. We honor God when we study hard and make the most of our ability. But there is much more to wisdom than books, report cards, and grade point averages. 1 Corinthians 1:25 says: “The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
God’s wisdom is much higher than anything we learn in school. In the Scriptures, God reveals who he is and what he has done. But many consider God’s wisdom to be foolishness. That’s because it isn’t logical for Jesus to be true man and true God. It doesn’t make sense for God to die willingly for mankind. It isn’t rational for human beings not to fear death. None of these things are logical, sensible, or rational for unbelievers; such things are foolishness to them. Only those in whom the Holy Spirit lives by faith can know and believe the wisdom of God. So, by God’s grace, we accept the truth that Jesus is the God-man who sacrificed himself to save us from death and give us eternal life. Believing such “foolishness” makes us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Holy Spirit of God, convince my hearth through your Word that what you say is true, as foolish as it may seem. Amen.