Who Is Wise?

“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of this world foolish?”

— 1 Corinthians 1:20

There is a great contrast in the Bible between the wise and the foolish. Proverbs 8:5 says, “O you simple, understand wisdom, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.” We see that not only the wise and mature, but also the simple and the foolish, are invited to come and hear. This is in stark contrast to the Greek philosophical schools where only the wise and the best were invited to come and partake of the teachings of those schools. But here is a broad invitation for all to come.

Do you consider yourself to be foolish, to be simple? Then come and understand wisdom. I suppose the height of wisdom is to realize how vast is our folly. The greatest strength is to realize how infinite is our weakness and the greatest righteousness is to know that we have none at all, that Christ is our righteousness. Even as He, according to the New Testament, is wisdom. He is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and redemption.

Wisdom is so great that it is desirable even among precious things of this world. Is the Word of God, the wisdom of God, the wisdom that is in Jesus Christ, better to you than all of the other things which you may desire?

Jesus, joy of man’s desiring, I do desire You and Your wisdom. I am a foolish mortal in great need of You. Keep me from sinning. Keep me from making mistakes and keep me on the right path…