"Wise Foolishness"

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By: Autumn Sisk

1 Corinthians 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (NIV)

It is great to keep up with the news and to be educated. The world tells us that we will gain wisdom by reading all sorts of magazines, newspapers, and every best-selling book. But we must not forget that we also need to feed our minds the words of God too.

Why is it that people believe everything they read in a magazine or book, yet they won’t give the truth in God’s Holy Word a second thought?

When I was reading today’s verse, I found a paraphrased version of it in a book my Granny gave me. It read, “But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these things from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him, because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in.” This hit me like a ton of bricks! This statement is so very true and I see it every day. It seems that the more knowledgeable a person is as far as the world is concerned, the more ignorant that person becomes to God’s truth. This is not always the case, but we often think that by being open minded about worldly things, we become wiser.

The funny thing is that, since the beginning of time, our God has chosen to use young, less educated, weak people to carry out His works. People who seemed insignificant were the ones that God chose to use. One of my favorite examples of this is found in the book of Samuel. A 16-year-old shepherd boy named David refused to allow a giant to curse his God, and stood up against him when none of the strong, well-trained soldiers in the army would do it. Everyone thought he was insane until he walked out and took out the giant with one blow. After that, it didn’t matter what David knew or how young he was, others respected him for his faith. He became the great King David, and went down in history because of his faith in God.

God doesn’t judge us based on our earthly knowledge or status. He obviously doesn’t want us to live under a rock with no knowledge of what is going on the in the world, but He doesn’t want us to allow earthly things to keep us from following Him. He wants us to give Him our heart, and He wants us to spend time studying His Word.

The knowledge we can gain from spending time reading the Bible will give us true wisdom. When we study God’s Word, we are able to hear His voice and understand His ways. If we become obsessed with worldly knowledge rather than God’s Word, we will lose our ability to hear the voice of God in our lives.


Dear Lord, thank You for giving me the gift of Your Spirit in my heart to help me see the truth. I pray for those around me who do not know You, and don’t understand Your love and Your grace. Help me to spend more time studying Your Word so that I may gain more wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

A Young Woman’s Walk with God: Growing More Like Jesus by Elizabeth George

Teen People of the Bible by Daniel Darling

Think About It:

Do I feel pressure from those around me to deny my faith and follow the world’s belief system?

Do I spend time reading God’s Word each day?

Live It:

Pray and ask God to reveal His truth in your daily life.

Begin reading your Bible each day. If there are parts you don’t understand, ask God for His guidance, as well as seeking the guidance of an older Christian mentor.

Tell Us About It:

What do you do to keep focused on the Bible?

Power Verses:

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 1:26-27, “Brothers think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things in the world to shame the strong.” (NIV)

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