Your great knowledge is still foolishness to God.
Yes, I just said that.
Your degree. Your street smarts. Your experiences, all the books you read, all the people you talked with, all the practice you’ve done, all the teachers you listened to, all the business deals you’ve made, all the people you’ve managed well, and all the successes you’ve had – all that knowledge wrapped into one big sticky and wonderful ball is just foolishness compared to what God knows.
Your best thought out plans – advisers and all – are just hopeless and foolish compared to the plans God has for you. The good plans He has for you.
The good plans He has for me.
So why is it that I so easily rely on my thoughts and ideas and that somewhere in the back of my mind I say, “I got this God! I don’t need to pray about this today.”?
Why is it that we believe we’re sufficient for the task?
Why is it that we automatically assume our plans are more reliable than the ones He claims He has for us?
When we can look around and clearly see that He can create better stuff than we can even with our best efforts.
Even with clean precise designs Apple and Samsung still lack the strength and delicacy that each or any of Gods small insects holds….
With the worlds top minds wrapped around creating efficient and innovative technology the devices still lack the clarity and self sufficient and meaningful identity in the universe that the most simple celled organism possesses…
A simple apple seed clearly proves the lack we posses in creating regenerative life.
Yes, we with our God made image have learned many amazing things and have developed the ability to do amazing things as Gods spirit has allowed us to.
This, is the reality.
That outside of Gods will we remain inefficient and dull in our understanding.
Seeing Gods unfathomable ability to create amazing and wonderful things should impart a sense of faith and unbridled hope in us. And yet, in our sinful nature we resist and even feel a sense of anger admitting this!
We would rather be self sufficient; stuck in our inferior and foolish ways and ideas.
We happily choose this over the promises Gods made to each and every one of us: that He is the way, the truth, and the life. That apart from Him we can do nothing.
That He loves us
That He has good plans
That He is not out to harm us
That His burden is light
That in Him we can find rest
That He is gentle and kind and unfailing
That with Him is safety and peace
That He’s trustworthy
Why is that?
Why do we so easily reject that for our own foolishness???
…Maybe because we’re foolish?
Let’s pray for open eyes. Let’s pray for understanding and wisdom. Let’s pray for a quickening of our hearts to hear Him. Let’s thank Him for His goodness and His patience.
…Do you know that He claims this? Claims longsuffering? That it is part of His character? Putting up with your and my foolishness?
…and the apostle Paul exhorted us to rejoice always claiming it was a safeguard for us.
When I read what Paul is trying to say in the early chapters of Philippians when he calls for believers to rejoice it seems that it is because of Gods work in and thru the believers for the unity in their relationship with one another.
And our ability to rejoice in what God is doing is directly related to our trust/faith/belief in who God is and what He promises and what He’s doing and plans to do.
And as we trust that He’s working it all out for our good and rejoicing that He’s got it – therefore casting all our anxieties back into His lap trusting and rejoicing that He’s taking care of all the details for our good – we are able to enjoy relationship with other believers without comparison or competition because each of us is walking according to our calling. And we can likewise rejoice and pray with faith over every success and every worry that our brother or sister in Christ has.
Enjoying something in ways we would have never conjured.
Creating an unearthly being which functions by sacrifice … A being that attains by sacrifice.
As we give, we gain.
As we leap, we survive.
The foolishness of God is still wiser than the wisest of all mans attempts.
As we rely, not on our own understanding, but in committing our way to God we experience heaven on earth. We attain a wisdom that is not survival of the fittest- gain by taking everything we can – but a wisdom that says if I love you as I love myself, and as you love me as you love yourself, then and only then do I receive and experience true love from another being.
And that is the foolishness of God in Christ who came and gave up everything for us so that we might experience life, and that abundantly.
Who could imagine that life only comes thru death?
Jesus made this clear when He said, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is, destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
And again, “For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.”
…Your great knowledge is still foolishness to God.
*featured photo credit to: EgbertBotha