Foolishness and Wisdom

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

This passage is a bit tricky to follow. Paul reminds us that no matter how smart we think we are, no matter how much we think we know, we are not, after all, God. What some might call foolish – the Son of God crucified on the cross, saving the world by submitting himself to those in power, surrounding himself with the ‘least of these,’ – revealed God’s wisdom.

God sees the world from a different vantage point than we do. The world would have us believe that wisdom involves having all the right answers and knowing more than everyone else. God’s wisdom involves humility and an understanding that any wisdom and knowledge we have comes from God, so there’s no reason to boast.

Think of a subject you know a lot about, something you’ve really studied. In what ways does that knowledge lead you a deeper understanding of God, of how God works in the world, and of how you fit into God’s story?

Today in prayer, ask for the wisdom to know the difference between what is of God and what is of the world.