“The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight”.
1 Cor 3:19 NIV
People of the world often look at people in the church and wonder if they are “all there”. The Christian ways of thinking, the methods of doing things, the strange ideas of right and wrong, together with the fixation on things that are far away and long ago seem to be absurd, archaic and peculiar. They feel that the world has moved on a long way and left the church behind. What is the norm in Christian circles is foolishness to the outside world.
Here Paul draws attention to “the futility of any kind of boasting about powerful personalities as leaders. That is certainly how the world thinks, but the wisdom of this world is folly with God. Those who are truly wise in God’s sight are those who deliberately reject such worldly wisdom and adopt an attitude to people and to things which everyone else will call foolish. This attitude sees nothing as grounds for boasting, because everything and everybody is a gift from God to undeserving sinners – including apostles and teachers like Paul , Apollos and Cephas (=Peter), not to mention the whole wide world, life and death, the present and the future. So it is totally out of place to boast about people and things which, quite undeservedly, have been placed in our laps by a lavishly generous God. Indeed,… the fact they belong to us as gifts of his grace must be held firmly in the context that we belong to Another – to Christ himself” (D. Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians, p61).
Be aware of God’s wisdom and his ways. Judge and make decisions in the light of Christ’s teaching on the kingdom of God.
Lord, teach me more of your wisdom.