March 2, 2018
1 Corinthians 1:18-21 … “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.” vs. 21
There’s no doubt that there’s more to learn these days. Our children and grandchildren bring home assignments from school that leave us baffled, and we wonder what ever happened to good old arithmetic. Of course, with the advent of Google, all that information is available at the click of a mouse–or–better than that– we can just ask Siri. In essence, we have all the wisdom of the ages at our fingertips! You’d think then, that we’d be more civilized, that we’d have figured out how to live with each other in peace and tranquility. Instead, we live in our enclaves, frightened to death by strangers, and terrified at the brutality of existence. Those children and grandchildren we love so much aren’t even safe in our schools. So what gives? There are no easy answers to that question, but Paul had some insights for the folks in Corinth. He implies that wisdom does not bring the serenity we crave because it doesn’t bring us into an intimate relationship with God. In his experience, it was the simple, foolish message of the cross that draws us to God, a message of love and forgiveness that brings meaning and purpose to wandering souls. Of course it’s nice to have Alexa on our counters to answer all(?) our questions—but she’s a miserable failure when it comes to matters of the spirit!
Thought for the Day: What are the benefits of wisdom?