Wisdom Or Foolishness?

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The wisdom of men and intellectualism cannot comprehend the things of God. This is why Paul said that it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus also said that we need childlike faith in order to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). Children are quite impressionable and it does not take a lot for them to be convinced. It is when we become adults that we grow in skepticism. It is often our experiences of the world that can at times leave us jaded and not as trusting of other people. This also translates into our trust in God.

While a degree of skepticism is healthy, faith requires that we believe in things that we cannot prove. If you have studied at a University level, you have been taught to use reason. You are encouraged to question all forms of information presented to you and to seek out empirical evidence. Many of the bible narratives can be proven by historical evidence but there are instances of faith that requires us to believe without seeing.

The decision to live a radical life for God can mean that you will make decisions that will make you look stupid. No one can explain how Mary conceived without a man and many people still think that Joseph was stupid to marry her. When you listen to the Holy Spirit and seek to do what God tells you to, don’t always look for support and understanding from everyone. Even well intended christians can discredit when you know you have heard from God.

It is important to know God for yourself. Develop a relationship with God where you can discern his voice. Learn the word so that you can check out what you are hearing with what is written in scripture. Be careful who you share the things that you have heard from God with as not everyone will understand or encourage you.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).

A.P.-Y.

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