Meek • Devotion #6: Become a Fool to Become Wise?

In His teachings, Jesus made many statements that would have sounded very extreme. His teaching upset the Pharisees who were the teachers of the law, confused the people and even His disciples. Some thought Jesus was a prophet, others were angered by the things He said, and many decided He was crazy.

In 1 Corinthians 3:18, we read, “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.” Paul said that we have to become a fool to become wise. That does not make any sense, or does it?

The world has a lot to tell us about wisdom. Just Google “how to become wiser” and you will be astonished! I got 28,800,000 results to my search in just .052 seconds. There were pages and pages of articles; “10 Ways to be Wise.” If you are not quite there, you can read, “11 Ways to be Wise.” If you do not have that much time, skip down to the article that gets it all done in just “3 Ways to Wisdom.” One article even offered a step by step guide with life tips and videos and said that it was written by experts. Experts in what, I wondered? Of course, there was a DIY guide – Do It Yourself! You can do it, just read an article, buy a book, and get a guide. How do you know whose guide is best? Which article is the right one? If I am trying to become wiser than I am, I do not think I am confident enough to take the DIY approach, I am not sure that I would be my best guide.

Therefore, I went to a source we can always depend on and trust, even though I had to go to page three of the Google search to even see a reference for it – The Bible. It is best to see what God has to say about wisdom.

God says that wisdom comes from Him. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).

In 1 Corinthians 3:18, Paul says, “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.” If we think we are wise, we have to become a fool. What does that even mean? It sure sounds backward according to the standards of the world.

Proverbs 1:17 (NIV) says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

When we find the Lord, we begin to find true knowledge. Proverbs 28:26 (NIV) adds, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Max Lucado has pointed out, “It is impossible to know the meaning of life if we do not know the Maker of life. And the Maker of life is willing to be our teacher. Jesus came as our guide. He reveals wisdom and truth. We can know, not just facts about God, but his heart, his joy, his passion, his plan and his sorrows. We are not left alone with our wanderings and wonderings. We have a teacher. His name is Jesus.”

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

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