”For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight” (1 Cor 3:19)
For this devotion, I obviously will be making reference to God’s teaching in His Holy Word. But out of curiosity, I started by seeing how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defined these two terms. In our standard worldly dictionary, neither is a synonym for the other. They are mutually exclusive. And then 1 Cor 3:19 makes crystal clear that the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. Where does that leave us? Let’s explore God’s word further to find the answer. We must turn to Solomon for guidance. In 1 Kings 3, God asks Solomon “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you.” (v5). We all know that Solomon asked for wisdom, and in verse 12 God says “I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have.” Then, among Solomon’s many accomplishments, he is credited with writing the first 29 chapters of Proverbs which is primarily devoted to the topic of wisdom. So let’s explore Proverbs for further guidance. What we quickly find is that Solomon brings wisdom and knowledge together, but with a qualifier – the knowledge of God.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Prov 9:10)
Proverbs 2:1-11 should be read and reread.
• “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding” (v2-3)
• “search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God” (v4-5)
• “For the Lord gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (v6)
• “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul” (v10)
We need to seek wisdom from God. He is the source of true wisdom. We need to meditate on His Word and allow His wisdom to enter our hearts. We need to bring God into all of our decisions.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)