THIS WEEK’S FOCUSED SCRIPTURE
1 Corinthians 1:18 – 29 (NIV) 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
THOUGHTS FROM DALE
It’s pretty clear that we humans have considered ourselves pretty smart through the ages. We run our lives the way we do because we say, “I know what’s best for me – leave me alone!” The only problem with that is that our vision – past, present, and future – is very limited. We like the idea that our supposed success is the result of our wise choices. Certainly, God wants us to make sound decisions and use the ability He has given us. But lest we believe that it’s all because of us, let’s remember that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.”
The purpose of this is made clear in verses 28 and 29 – to eliminate the basis of boasting.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
I encourage you to remember that we need the wisdom of God in every situation, large or small. Let us not make an idol out of our wisdom.