but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
The message of the cross cuts to the quick of human boasting, selfishness and pride. It brings to nothing the wisdom of the wise. It silences the brilliance of the philosopher and dismantles the strength of brutish men.. who are mighty in their own inflated eyes.
God has ordained that lasting wisdom comes from the preaching of the cross – for the power and wisdom of God is from above and can only be found in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. But although God’s way of salvation is foolishness in the eyes of the world, it will be to the eternal loss of all who do not repent of their worldly ways and recognise that the one and only path to eternal salvation and everlasting life comes from faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ – the eternal Son of God and perfect Son of Man.
Un-sanctified common sense is of no consequences in the eternal plan of God. Self-confidence in ones own acquired knowledge or self-assurance in ones own accumulated wealth or military might is a recipe for eternal disaster in God’s economy.. for God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame those that are wise in their own eyes.
God chose to use the weak things of the world to shame those that rely on their own physical strength.. whether it be man’s military might.. the political mechanisms of human government, the social influences of the unregenerate mind or the unconsecrated ecclesiastical endeavours of carnal Christendom.
God has turned the values of man on their head so that the boastings of the carnal heart will be utterly demolished by the wisdom and power of God – so that no one may ever boast in themselves. Our boasting must only come from the Lord Jesus and Him crucified, for He is the personification of God’s wisdom and strength.
The plan of salvation for fallen man was determined in the council chambers of God before the world began, so that the wisdom, strength, pride and boastings of fallen mankind will be brought to nothing – for wisdom comes from God alone, and His sufficient strength is only to be found in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ – the incarnate Son of God.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus Christ and Him crucified. May I never seek to rely on my own human wisdom, physical strength and clever manipulation but on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, knowing that in HIM is found all wisdom, might, majesty dominion, power, strength, love… and life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN