We live in a world that often elevates human wisdom and understanding above all else. Let us explore the folly of relying solely on our own understanding and seek God’s perspective in all areas of our lives.

Let’s get started with the folly of human wisdom and embracing God’s perspective!

» Thursday, 16th March 2023 | I Stand In The Gap Daily Devotional | The Folly of Human Wisdom: Embracing God’s Perspective

Yesterday, we had a look at “Worthy Is The Lamb: A Daily Devotional“, and today’s is “The Folly of Human Wisdom: Embracing God’s Perspective”.

Anchor verse of the day

For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’

1 Corinthians 1:19 (NKJV)

In 1 Corinthians 1:19, the apostle Paul quotes from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to emphasize that God’s ways are not always understandable or acceptable to human wisdom. Instead, God often chooses to confound human wisdom and understanding, so that people must rely on faith in Him.

This verse highlights the importance of seeking God’s wisdom and guidance, rather than relying solely on human understanding, to navigate life’s challenges. Ultimately, those who trust in God’s wisdom will find true wisdom and understanding.

Themes in Corinthians 1:19

  • The limitations of human wisdom: According to Paul, focusing solely on human knowledge can make it difficult to understand the cross’s message.
  • The sovereignty of God: This emphasizes the value of putting our faith in God’s omnipotence and turning to Him for wisdom rather than depending only on our own.
  • The centrality of the cross This emphasizes how crucial it is to accept the cross’s message and its capacity to change people’s lives.
  • The role of faith: According to 1 Corinthians 1:19, trust is necessary in order to comprehend God’s plans. God requires people to have confidence in Him since He chose to confound human intellect. This emphasizes how crucial it is to put our faith in God’s knowledge and direction, even when we don’t fully comprehend what He is doing.
  • The importance of humility: Finally, 1 Corinthians 1:19 emphasizes how crucial humility is to living a Christian life. We are urged to humble ourselves and seek God’s wisdom and direction by realizing the limitations of human intellect and the sovereignty of God. This topic emphasizes how critical it is to approach God with an open mind and a readiness to submit to His plan.

What is the background to 1 Corinthians 1:19?

The apostle Paul is speaking to the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians 1, which was battling factions and a lack of unity. Paul starts off by telling the Corinthians that it was through Jesus Christ that they were called to be saints and that He has been the source of all of their blessings.

Paul warns the Corinthians, though, that they are splitting themselves based on the teachings of many authorities and have grown overly preoccupied with human wisdom. In lines 18–31, Paul makes the case that while the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, it is the might of God for those who are being saved.

Paul emphasizes in verse 19 that God’s ways are not always amenable to human wisdom by quoting the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. Instead, God frequently elects to elude human intelligence and comprehension, forcing people to rely solely on their faith in Him.

Paul’s main point in 1 Corinthians 1 is that Christians should be unified in the gospel of the cross rather than divided by conventional wisdom or the teachings of diverse leaders. Christians can approach God with humility and confidence in His knowledge and direction by realizing the limitations of human wisdom and God’s sovereignty.

Similar Bible verses

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

This verse highlights how incomprehensible human reasoning is compared to God’s ways and thinking. It reminds us that we can’t fully fathom God’s ways, but we can trust Him and His intentions.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

This scripture urges us to put our faith in the Lord and not just rely on our own judgment. It mirrors 1 Corinthians 1:19’s message of humility and reliance on God’s knowledge. We may rely on God to lead us and make our pathways clear if we acknowledge Him in all of our actions.

Based on the title “The Folly of Human Wisdom and Embracing God’s Perspective”, how is the Christian to live his life?

The Christian is obligated to approach everything in life with a spirit of humility and openness to learning, acknowledging the limitations of human understanding and seeking God’s guidance wherever possible. This is placing your faith in God’s omnipotence and wisdom rather than relying exclusively on human intellect or reasoning.

Living from God’s perspective also entails accepting the cross’s message and realizing its ability to change people’s lives. Christians are supposed to approach God with a heart of humility and a desire to submit to His ways, as well as to have faith in God’s ways, even when they don’t fully comprehend them.

Ultimately, the Believer is called to live a life that demonstrates a strong faith in God’s knowledge and direction, seeking His viewpoint and leadership in all aspects of life. This entails a continuous process of giving up human knowledge and insight and accepting God’s methods as the cornerstone for leading a life that pleases Him.

A reflection on 1 Corinthians 1:19

God’s ways are not always amenable to human understanding or acceptance, as 1 Corinthians 1:19 serves as a reminder. Humans frequently rely on their own understanding and intellect to make sense of the world around them, therefore accepting this truth can be difficult for us. Paul cautions us, however, that human wisdom is ultimately constrained and that God’s ways are superior to ours.

Instead of relying exclusively on our own understanding, this urges us to adopt a viewpoint that is centered on God’s wisdom and sovereignty. This necessitates a certain amount of humility and a readiness to rely on God’s direction even when we don’t completely comprehend it. It also calls for us to be aware of the limitations of human knowledge and to approach God with an open mind, seeking His insight in every facet of life.

We are challenged to look at our own lives and determine whether we are truly adopting God’s viewpoint or leaning too heavily on our own understanding as we read 1 Corinthians 1:19.

Are we striving to rely exclusively on our own intelligence and logic, or are we coming to God with humility and a desire to believe in His ways?

In the end, to see things from God’s perspective, we must give up our own thinking and submit to His ways. Even though we don’t entirely comprehend God’s ways, it encourages us to have faith in His knowledge and direction. Hence, instead of being constrained by our own understanding, we can live a life that is centered on God’s intentions and directed by His wisdom.

Let us pray

Our Father,

As we come before you today, we ask that you guide us on “The Folly of Human Wisdom: Embracing God’s Perspective.” We acknowledge that our understanding and wisdom are limited, and we need your guidance to navigate the challenges and complexities of this world.

We ask that you help us to embrace your perspective and to approach life with a teachable spirit. Help us to recognize the limitations of human wisdom and to seek your wisdom in all areas of life. Help us to trust in your sovereignty and to have faith in your ways, even when we don’t fully understand them.

As we delve deeper, we ask that you speak to our hearts and reveal new insights and truths to us. Help us to surrender our own understanding and to submit to your ways, so that we may live a life that is centered on your purposes and guided by your wisdom.

We pray that this daily devotional will be a source of inspiration and guidance for us and that it will help us to grow closer to you and to embrace your perspective more fully. We thank you for your guidance and your love, and we pray all these things in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.