Each time I read Corinthians, I can’t help but to reflect on the wisdom of man in relation to the wisdom of God. Frankly, the Lord looks upon the wisdom of man as but child’s play because man’s wisdom has its origin in that which is not understood. The way in which many look on man’s wisdom is in relation to their educational attainment. We seek to gain what we can from those more educated than ourselves and implement their wisdom in our respective lives.
Of course, this is not to say that man can’t have wisdom, knowledge, or even understanding about the various things of life. It is to say, however, that in ultimate matters of life, what is it that man has in understanding that the Lord has not already said a word (or two) about? Has any man been able to cross the threshold of death and tell us about it? Has anyone been able to tell us what happens to those who engage in evil behavior, and what about those who suffer because of man’s wisdom engaged in wars, political maneuvering, etc.? The questions multiply, and so do unanswered questions.
It is clear to right-thinking people that what man thinks is simply inadequate for the occasion. “Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it’” (Isaiah 55:6-11, NKJV).