For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? For since in the wisdom of God the world in its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:19-21).
God doesn’t play tricks.
I don’t think he sat on his throne and thought, “Oh, this’ll be hilarious! I’ll make redemption so illogical that most people will reject it as foolishness. It’ll only make sense to utter morons! I shall build my kingdom upon the backs of idiots! WooHoo!!”
Man, I hope it wasn’t like that.
God is not saying that we have to abandon our brains in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. After all, he gave us our intellect, and we honor him when we use it for his glory. But, like everything else in creation, our minds have been corrupted by sin, so that now we look at everything through the egocentric lens of Pride. This distorts the wisdom of Almighty God and makes it look like foolishness. That’s why, in his letter to the Romans, Paul says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” You see, God’s plan makes sense only when we see it in the light of faith and not of flesh.
So as you move into your Wednesday, don’t expect the world to understand. They can’t. Instead, ask the father of all wisdom to renew your mind, so that you can use it for his glory.
Happy Wednesday, Beloved.