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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”—1 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
There’s a fundamental fact that every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, must understand. And it’s essentially this: God’s way and the prevailing way of this world are opposed to each other. If you’ve ever tried to force the ends of two magnets together, you’ve got a picture of this spiritual dynamic.
The prevailing values and motivations of human society don’t match with those of God. We see evidence of this woven throughout the Word of God. Paul strikingly pens this in the verse above as he elaborates on how God has made the “wisdom” of this world foolish. What the world considers wisdom, God considers foolishness . . . and vice versa. The world doesn’t recognize God’s wisdom as being wise, but usually writes it off as foolishness.
Even when Jesus walked this earth and interacted with the world around Him, there was a reality of incompatibility. What He represented wasn’t generally received. The world, thinking itself to be wise, thought He was a fool, even accusing Him—truth incarnate—of being deceived! Look at what it says in John 7:47 (NKJV): “Then the Pharisees answered them, ‘Are you also deceived?’”
Our world is at odds with God! Why is it so important to understand this? It’s important for two reasons.
First, it prepares the believer in Christ for the realities around them. When the door opens to share spiritual truth, it’s often rejected. That’s alright . . . In fact, that’s to be expected because, again, this world has a mindset that’s resistant to God’s ways. Too often, Christians stop sharing God’s truth because its not always received. But that’s a mistake because the reaction doesn’t change the commission God has given us (Matthew 28:19) nor does it change His ability to move and work in someone’s heart and life through the seeds that are sewn by you and I speaking His truth and sharing His ways with others.
Secondly, it reminds the world that something’s not right. Before I received Christ, there was a gnawing, nagging sense inside me that there was another way out there; one that was different from the one I was following. This awareness was one of the first things God used to lead me to the gospel. He continues to do the same thing in the lives of others.
Our world is at odds with God and it always will be. But this is actually something that God uses for good in the lives of Christians and non-Christians, alike.
DIG: What is the fundamental fact that every person needs to understand?
DISCOVER: How have you experienced this spiritual reality? How can you benefit from remembering this?
DISPLAY: If there is someone God has put on your heart who you have tried to speak truth into their lives, but it wasn’t well received, don’t give up on them. God hasn’t! Pray the Lord works in their heart through the words you shared with them, and pray about how you can approach them again.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.