“For he message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent” – 1 Cor 1:18-19 (NIV).
Everyone of us wants to be known as intelligent but what if that becomes a problem! One area is where based on our intelligence we think we have figured it out all, as far as creation and God is concerned, and then we go further to persuade those we find of our understanding of creation, as intelligent people.
One of the worst mistake any intelligent person may trap himself in is to imagine that his intellect has the power to understand all things. For instance, when it comes to the universe and it’s creation the truth is our intellect is limited to totally comprehend everything. Even for those who take to Big Bhang theory, which argues that 1.3 billion years ago there was a collision of moving gases sparking off the universe, they can’t figure out what existed before. But then they just can’t humble themselves to acknowledge that their logic can’t provide all answers.
Our intellect can become a point of pride with us more concerned with defending our position. The things of God tend to be foolish to the intelligent people because they think they must logically figure out everything. There are certain things which God has left to Himself and however much we scratch ourselves we will not get anywhere close, till He wills. This is where faith helps us!
When our intellect fails to recognise that our knowledge can be limited, it then leads to scoffing. But to the wise having acknowledged their limitation the word of God has an answer. “Does a clay pot dare argue with its maker, a pot that is like all the others?…The Lord, the holy God of Israel, the one who shapes the future, says: I am the one who made the earth and created human beings to live there. By my power I stretched out the heavens; I control the sun, the moon, and the stars”! (Isaiah 45: 9- 12).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, humility is the key to knowing you and today I humble myself and accept my inadequacy that you may fill me more with the truth of who you are, this I pray in Jesus name.