1 Corinthians 1:20
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?"
Many people who no longer believe in God have been led to this position by thinking that faith is intellectually unattainable. Hence, the brighter you are, the more insight you have to the true teachings of faith that make it literally unbelievable. This is unfortunate. Believe it or not, there have been some brilliant Christians in the history of the church. People such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are noted for their Christianity. There are many more faith-based, intelligent Christians walking our paths today. And there are many nonbelievers, as well, who will want you to believe that no God exists due to scientific evidence.
The apostle Paul was brilliant. He wrote today's verse stating that faith matters can seem foolish to some. All those little inner callings that propel us into unknown territory each day can be unsettling without a good compass. And it is these same unknown territories that test our faith through our own intellect. It is our intellect that tells us this is ridiculous, impossible to even complete. Later in this chapter, Paul speaks of a different kind of wisdom that God reveals in Christ. This intellect may seem foolish to some, but will become marvelously wise when God opens the deeper parts of our being and reveals himself to us. It is during these times we feel directed, without a course, to complete something that is important to him. And this is often not connected to our intellect but to his. This is where we must decipher our personal intellect with God' wisdom he's bestowed us. For me, this intellect he's blessed our eternal clocks with is far superior.
I consider myself to be educated and intelligent. Yet, there are some days I question the simplicity of our faith. I question the part about reading the Bible each day, and my human side must be reminded. After all, I've read it many times and have never enjoyed rereading books. But, each time I do, I am enlightened with new meaning to an old verse. Or the simple task of joining others at church on Sunday. It seems life is so overwhelming that such a task impinges upon the sanctity of my day off. But I know I need this spiritual renewal and must remind my intellectual self that this is an important part of the week too, gathering with others in my faith family.
Pull out your spiritual wisdom today. Act on what it is prompting you to do today without analyzing.
I will take others' proclaimed "foolishness"
Over human "wisdom" any day.
Help me to be the one who encourages
others to approach the Bible and your teachings
with an open and willing mind. Amen.