The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 12 January 2022 – The Limitation Of Man’s Wisdom
TOPIC: The Limitation Of Man’s Wisdom
READ: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.
Over the centuries, human beings have been in the quest to find out the origin of life, which resulted in the “Theory of evolution.” They tried to explain how man evolved from inanimate to the animate and from the lowest of tiny living beings to human beings.
Indeed, that exposed the foolishness of man as he tried to exclude God from creation. Who has witnessed such evolution till date? And because human wisdom cannot explain the existence of God, faith comes in (Hebrews 11:6). It is by that faith that we equally know that the worlds were created by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3).
As men struggle vainly to build self-righteousness through human effort, we learn here that it is only through acts of believing (exercising faith in Jesus and His finished work) that we attain the righteousness of God and acquire life, just like those who believed in the brazen serpent made by Moses survived (John 3:14&15). Here lies a great miracle; that man is saved by merely believing the message of salvation which he fails to attain through personal labour and human wisdom. The wisdom that comes from God leads us to believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead while confessing with our mouth that “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9).
PRAYER: Lord, grant us the wisdom that will help us to truly confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that You raised Him from the dead.