“Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
1 Corinthians 1:19-20 NIV
“For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
Let’s talk about wisdom.
Having read the verses above, don’t we remember that the Bible also says:
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,” Proverbs 2:1-7 NIV
There is a difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of humanity.
The wisdom or intelligence of human beings is a closed loop. Human wisdom is built upon the accumulated experience and documentation of human beings (the “wisdom of the wise” and the “intelligence of the intelligent”) which is perishable. No more humans, no more human wisdom or human intelligence.
The wisdom of God is both infinite and eternal, without limits or end.
In his book, “The Wisdom of God”, A.W. Tozer says, “I see only two ways of viewing mankind: the way man looks at himself and the way God looks at him. If we follow the herd mentality, we will continue to think of ourselves as men generally think of themselves and view themselves that way. But if we are wise, we will try to think of ourselves as God thinks of us and see ourselves as God sees us, beginning with the earliest part of the Bible and continuing on to the voice of the patriarchs and the apostles, all the way to Christ himself.” (Tozer 133)
“O Wisdom, the incarnate Christ, fill my heart with desires that please Thee and show to the world around me Thy amazing grace, May my life today reflect the glory of eternal wisdom and let me never be satisfied with my limited wisdom and knowledge. Amen” (A.W. Tozer)