For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:32-36 NASB)
Those still in disobedience are in need of mercy, just like those of us who follow Christ. We have all been equally disobedient. God is wise and knowledgeable beyond our understanding. He is the source of all things and worthy of glory. We can’t know the mind of God. We can’t counsel Him. There’s nothing we can give Him or that He owes us.
We are in desperate need of His mercy.
The beautiful truth is this: He has allowed our disobedience because He wants to show mercy to all who are disobedient.
Let us not be proud in anything but, in humility, through the grace of Christ who shows us mercy, show mercy and love to all.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NASB
Unless we believe, unless God is at work in us, the Gospel is foolishness to us. The truth is we are the foolish. God is wise beyond measure, so wise that our “wisdom” cannot stand before Him.
God wisely chose to save us, not through ways that seem wise to us, but through a way that looks foolish to us. In fact, God’s plan of salvation is essentially the opposite of what we look for in a way to heaven. But those He calls see His wisdom. We see that we are fools, we are weaklings, in light of His wisdom and strength.
We have to trust God’s wisdom more than that of men. It’s only by His grace that we are called and can receive both salvation and wisdom.
He is infinitely wise, and the only wisdom we have comes from Him. When we forget this truth, pride takes over. We need the wisdom He offers and the humility that arises from knowing that need.
Let’s have the humility to ask for and receive His wisdom, to learn to actually trust God.
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