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(18) Don’t fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. (19) This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. As it’s written, “He catches the wise in their cleverness.” (20) And also, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly”.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (CEB)

Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another #shorts post.

Today’s short little tidbit comes from Scripture; 1 Corinthians 3 to be precise. It’s about wisdom (small ‘w’), but not the Spiritual Wisdom Proverbs teaches about. This passage talks about the wisdom of the world … and how it means nothing.

Get Foolish to Get Wise

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 sets up a clear distinction between worldly wisdom and the Spiritual Wisdom we get from God. If we think we have a lot of worldly wisdom, Paul says we should get stupid in the ways of this world so we can become truly wise in Spiritual Wisdom. We should become wise in the things of God and His ways.

We know this world is opposed to Jesus and the Gospel. We’re following different paths; their ways are not our ways. So knowing lots of worldly tricks like how to make lots of money quickly or how to hook up with tons of women, those aren’t things that Spiritual people care about learning. A Spiritual person should be pursuing God and deeper knowledge of God.

The two types of wisdom are opposite to each other. Having lots of worldly knowledge doesn’t grant us any Spiritual knowledge or maturity. This world’s knowledge means nothing to God, who is above it all.

The world and its ways do not lead to God. If we want to get closer to God, we don’t need the world’s wisdom. If we want to get closer to God, we need to get farther from the world and forget what it taught us. God will give us the education we need; God will give us the Wisdom we need to follow Him and experience Spiritual growth.

But first … anytime we’ve been taught wrong, the first step to learning things the right way is to unlearn the bad info we were taught.

(18) Don’t fool yourself. If some of you think they are worldly-wise, then they should become foolish so that they can become wise. (19) This world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. As it’s written, “He catches the wise in their cleverness.” (20) And also, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are silly”.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (CEB)

A spiritual person should be pursuing the spiritual wisdom that can only come from the Lord; true wisdom. This is the only knowledge that means anything in the end. When we die on earth, any knowledge we accumulated goes up in smoke. I recently read about that in another passage about the wisdom (small ‘w’) of the world, from another book of the Bible.

King Solomon is often called the wisest person ever (his drastically foolish mistakes are overlooked in that statement!!). But in Ecclesiastes, a book of the Bible like no other, he disparages knowledge (not Wisdom, but knowledge) as worthless, same as any of the other things of this world. Everything in this temporary world is pointless except the LORD and our relationship with Him. “Everything” includes human knowledge, and all the things we could ever hope to learn here. No doubt useful for the time being, while we’re here on this planet, but ultimately MEANINGLESS once we die.

(12) I am the Teacher. I was king over Israel in Jerusalem. (13) I applied my mind to investigate and to explore by wisdom all that happens under heaven. It’s an unhappy obsession that God has given to human beings.
(14) When I observed all that happens under the sun, I realized that everything is pointless, a chasing after wind.
(15) What’s crooked can’t be straightened;
what isn’t there can’t be counted.
(16) I said to myself, Look here, I have grown much wiser than any who ruled over Jerusalem before me. My mind has absorbed great wisdom and knowledge. (17) But when I set my mind to understand wisdom, and also to understand madness and folly, I realized that this too was just wind chasing.
(18) Remember:
In much wisdom is much aggravation;
the more knowledge, the more pain.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (CEB)

Again, I understand knowledge is important to us as long as we’re stuck here on the fallen world Earth. It’s useful for living our lives down here. But what good will our vaunted knowledge be once we die here?? Will it mean anything in the sight of the LORD, when we stand before Him in judgment as everyone will upon dying (Hebrews 9:27)??

Never forget that worldly, human knowledge means nothing in the end. Seek the Spiritual Wisdom of God, seek His Wisdom. That’s the only learning that really matters—both in our lives down here on earth, and beyond.

That’s it for #shorts #10. Stay tuned for more #shorts all this month.


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