“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message 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; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher 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 know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:17-21 )
What is your I.Q., beloved? What kind of grades did you get in school? Can you do difficult crossword puzzles in ink? Do you solve Sudokus in a short amount of time? Do you prize God’s “foolishness” above the intellectual giants of humanity? Or do you believe the wisdom of God trumps any wisdom that comes from humanity? And come to think of it, how do you define wisdom and foolishness?
Historic Anabaptist, Endres Keller, wrote on this while in prison; “For David says in Ps. 25:14: “The secret of the Lord is with them who fear him, and he will make his covenant known to them,” whether he be rich or poor, king or emperor, prince or count, herdsman or farmer. But whoever fears him does no evil where possible. Thus Job speaks in chapter 28:12, “Where is wisdom and where is understanding? In all the land of the living one does not find it, nor is it to be bought, neither with gold nor precious stones. Hell says it is not in me and the sea says it is not with me.” He does not mean worldly wisdom which is only foolishness before God as Paul writes to the Corinthians [1 Cor. 1:18]. For there he says: “For the word of God concerning the cross is foolishness to those who are lost; to us, however, who believe it, it is a power of God.”
The historic Anabaptists believed that wisdom could be found in scripture and in the guidance/inspiration of God and the Holy Spirit. And that Jesus was a source of divine wisdom both on earth and in heaven. While God gives us minds to understand and intelligence to unlock mysteries here on earth, God does not prize the intelligent over the unlearned. As with many things here on earth, it matters what you do with them and not whether you have them or not. The poor, the uneducated, the unlearned may have a better understanding of what is important than all the wealthy, influential, and educated of the world. But beloved, it is possible to have both!
May you hold close to your heart and spirit the knowledge that comes from God, and may God bless you with the other “minor” things of this world. Selah!