Foolishness for Wisdom

Do you keep up with all the current events? Are you continually checking the news? Do you continually seek higher education? Do you go above and beyond to prove you are the smartest person in the room? Do you know it is all futile?

We all seek to keep up with current events to some degree or another. We need education to be successful in this life. Most of us must complete required training for our jobs. We often see those who are very good at their jobs, often very smart, get promoted.

Being an educated person can be very good. We need educated people in this world who can perform extremely intricate and delicate research, whether scientific or engineering. However, I’m sure we all know at least one person who is extremely intelligent yet has no common sense.

There is nothing wrong with being educated. Yet the education of this world has no bearing on our eternal life. Unless we are educated in God’s Word and accept His grace, all the education of this world is for naught.

A balance must be achieved. We need the proper education to carry out the tasks of our jobs in the here and now. We also need to know God’s Word, His instructions for life. We need to be in concert with Him, which comes by listening for the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Those who are wise in this world may succeed by outsmarting others. They may climb the corporate ladder. They may be elected to a political office. They may connive others out of money or possessions. Yet they are considered foolish when compared to God’s wisdom.

God’s wisdom exposes the foolish of man’s wisdom. His wisdom uses what men consider foolishness to shed light on His plan for salvation. Who among us would ever have planned for one man to be the perfect sacrifice for all mankind? Only in God’s wisdom would there be an opportunity to spend eternity with Him by accepting His Son as Lord and Savior. No amount of achievement in this life can buy it. It is only gained through God’s grace and our willingness to accept it.

I pray we all find balance in our lives. I pray we educate ourselves in God’s Word. I pray each one of us accepts God’s grace and choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Be foolish to be wise. Find balance. Give up the futile chase. Put your faith in God.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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