Believe it or not, this one question stumbles many people … human wisdom.
Is Human Wisdom Good For Christians?
I’ve known people from various walks of life who were very educated and/or who question everything! Have you known those people? Maybe they have given their life to Jesus Christ at some point in their life, and maybe not.
There are many methods and ways available to us to increase our knowledge, some are free and some are not.
Right now, what is going through my mind is this: What good is all of this knowledge?
Solomon, King David’s son, had asked God for wisdom, he wanted to be the wisest. Solomon worshipped God and God answered his prayer. He had the greatest wisdom of all mankind.
Solomon searched for satisfaction through knowledge as if he were performing a science experiment. People today are still searching for many things
Knowledge and education have their limits. It all is limited by the capacity of the human mind.
I have never attended college. Actually, the first certificate I received was recently for cake decorating class, and I’m over 50!
I have books in my home that I’ve never read, is that you? Most all of them are Christian books and I’ve read just a tiny bit our of most, but not the entire books. We’ll get into the why in just a bit.
But, first, I want to share with you a scripture I’ve missed all of this time …
“God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the scriptures say:
‘The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.'” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
I knew this, but I didn’t know about this scripture. Did you?
Also, this scripture …
“When people boast about themselves, it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that’s different!” 2 Corinthians 10:18
Boasting and Calling Attention To Yourself
When we do something, or we learn something, we want to be sure others know about it.
I’m guilty! I’m being transparent here, it’s not a pretty sight.
Boasting leads to inflated pride and leads to these thoughts:
- I’m pretty intelligent
- I can learn anything
- Nobody else can do as well as I can
- Look at me!
- People should listen to my advice
I’m sure I can expand on this list, but these are thoughts I’ve had.
What are your experiences?
So, is human wisdom good for Christians? Christians do believe in using their minds to make wise choices.
Paul is saying that no amount of human knowledge can replace or bypass Christ’s work on the cross!
Did you get that? No amount of human knowledge can replace what God did through Jesus Christ!
If it could, then Jesus would be acceptable only to the intellectually gifted and well-educated. Jesus would then not be accessible to those who weren’t, and that would include children.
Salvation through Jesus Christ is so simple. God’s love is so simple. The work of God’s Spirit is so simple. However, many intellectual people over-examine with their minds to compare their own wisdom to that of God’s. In other words, they will try to prove that they are more wise than God!Many intellectual people over-examine with their minds to compare their own wisdom to that of God's. In other words, they will try to prove that they are more wise than God and will fail. Click To Tweet
King Solomon’s wisdom and search for something he did not know led him to this conclusion:
To spare future generations the bitterness of learning through their own experience that life is meaningless without God.
“Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
God has given us opportunity and He created our minds to accept new information, to store that information, to retrieve that information, to think, to examine, to ponder, to categorize, to utilize.
From that framework, it is vitally important that everyone look to God for wisdom. It is vitally important that we all recognize that we are nothing without God, that all of our learning is useless from an eternal standpoint.It is vitally important that we all recognize that we are nothing without God, that all of our learning is useless from an eternal standpoint. Click To Tweet
For me, I need to consult God more, wait upon God’s answers and be obedient. And, I must stop waving a flag of Look at Me! when I do something.
What about you? Do you struggle with this also?
Why I Don’t Read Christian Books
I want my knowledge and understanding to come from God. Why did I collect so many of these Christian books? It was during a time of great depression and seeking … unfortunately, I was seeking the wrong understanding.
God clearly told me that if I wanted to understand Him, I needed to immerse myself in His Word, not in the words of other people. However, that is not to say that there are not anointed authors out there who are speaking God’s truth in their books.
The truth is this for me: I would much rather read a novel, and will read the entire thing in 3 hrs, than I would read the Bible. There, I said it! However, over these years, I have come to fall in love with God’s Word and the power that it takes on in my life, in my heart and my mind.
This is a no-brainer for me, I want unadulterated wisdom and understanding from God – not filtered, not second-hand.
It’s Your Turn
- What do you say about Christians and wisdom?
- Do you think it’s okay to bypass the wisdom of God and go with your own intellect?
- Do you read less of the Bible and much more of other material?
- What are your next steps?
- Have you faced this in your own life?
- What is your heart’s desire?
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