For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’ …Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:19,25
What picture comes to your mind when I mention wisdom?
Do you think of the Karate Kid’s mentor, or Morpheus from The Matrix? Perhaps you think of Gandalf or Elrond from The Lord of the Rings, or, outside of movies, you think of your favorite teacher, someone who knows a lot about things. In any case, chances are good that, for you, wisdom is some sort of abstract idea, hard to nail down or define. It is represented in philosophy and related to how smart you are, but has no more than a theoretical application to your life.
For the Christian, living wisely means living in harmony with God’s will. It means finding a wisdom that existed before Creation and applying it to God’s will right now.
Here’s the catch: The wisdom of God is foolishness to the world.
In other words, you won’t find the wisdom of God being exalted in the world. You won’t find it taught mainstream in the secular schools. You won’t find it leading the way in the business world.
The biggest difference between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God is that the wisdom of the world is all about your intellect. How smart are you? It believes that if you are smart enough then you can do anything. It is why we look for education sometimes more than we look for experience when we hire someone for a job.
But the wisdom of God is all about your heart. God does not ask you to know Him intellectually or to analyze Him or to computerize your relationship with Him. In fact, if you do that to your relationship with Him then you don’t have a real relationship!
If you only know God at an intellectual level then you are not living in real faith and you will miss out on Heaven by about twelve inches-the distance between your head and your heart.
God wants us not just to know Him intellectually, but to know Him intimately, to love Him with all our heart and with all our mind.
If you want to know God, then know this first: God doesn’t just want you to think about Him or know about Him. He wants you to love Him. He wants your heart.
Prayer Father God,
Thank You for Your wisdom! I want to know you not just in my mind, but in the deepest parts of my heart as well. I love You, and I ask You to help me love You more!